Eugene O’Neill Theater Center 2016 Summer Season to Include New Plays and Musicals
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced plans for its 2016 summer season, which will include eight new plays and three new musicals in development at the National Playwrights Conference (July 7-July 30), the National Music Theater Conference (June 25-July 15), the National Puppetry Conference (June 17 and 18), and the Cabaret and Performance Conference (August 3-August 13). In addition, Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (The Humans) has been named Writer in Residence.
The National Playwrights Conference, O’Neill’s founding program, will present readings in the month of July. Each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process, employing acclaimed professional creative and support staff. Plays to be workshopped during the conference will include Running on Fire by Aurin Squire, Teenage Dick by Mike Lew, The Burdens by Matt Schatz, Small Town Values by Kathryn Walat, Against the Hillside by Sylvia Khoury, Laura and the Sea by Kate Tarker, Girls in Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod, and Up the Hill by Keith Huff.
The National Music Theater Conference will include three new musicals in development: The Museum of Broken Relationships by David H. Bell (book and lyrics) and Daniel Green (music and lyrics), Girl Shakes Loose by Zakiyyah Alexander (book and lyrics) and Imani Uzuri (music and lyrics), and Darling Grenadine by Daniel Zaitchik.
Performers during the Cabaret and Performance Conference will be Norm Lewis, Molly Pope, Barb Jungr and Lennie Watts, Melissa Manchester, and Karen Mason.
On July 23, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will return to the O’Neill for its 2016 Summer Gala, Frozen in Summer, which will celebrate the music of the married songwriters.