Monday, June 30, 2014



What good is a big secret if you can't share it with someone?  The big 
 summer secret in Connecticut is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in
 Waterford.  Considering it has been around for a glorious 50 years, it's about 
time the creativecat is let out of the bag. Founded in 1964, it is the official 
workshop of new works and new artists.  Every summer it opens its lovely
 campus in the rolling hills of Waterford for weeks of "incubating new babies" 
for the American stage and, the most wonderful part, you are invited to 
attend and be directly involved in theexciting birthing process. 

June was devoted to an International Puppetry Conference and now July is
 here to welcome a pair of new musicals for you to enjoy. The first is
 THE WAR DEPTwith Libretto, Music, & Lyrics by Jim Bauer and Libretto, 
Art, & Video Direction by Ruth Bauer, with  staged readings:  Wednesday,
 July 2 at 8pm and Friday, July 4 at 7pm. The American Civil War has ended
 and Private William T. Clarke finds himself working in a dark place to find
 answers for himself and for a trio of others. Unfortunately, Clarke may
 not be up for the challenge.

The second musical offering is The White City with Words by Julia Gytri and
 Music by Avi Amon, with staged readings: Saturday, July 5 at 8pm; Sunday, 
July 6 at 3pm; Wednesday, July 9 at 8pm; Friday, July 11 at 3pm.     

It's Chicago, 1893 and the World’s Columbian Exposition. Lucy, a sharp-
shooter from Buffalo Bill's Wild West,  explores the Fair, and is thrilled by 
the fast-paced world until she discovers that a serial killer of young girls 
may be on the loose.

Breaking the 2013 conference's records, the National Music Theater 
Conference received over 200 submissions for 2014. Under the leadership of 
conference Artistic Director Paulette Haupt, each selected work will undergo
 the O'Neill's signature development process, employing acclaimed professional
 actors, dramaturgs, directors, and music directors.

Six new plays will highlight the National Playwrights Conference this summer, 
under the direction of Wendy Goldberg. The selections include:

Tiger Style! By Mike Lew, about a brother and sister who shake up their
 unsuccessful lives by going on a tour of Asia, with staged readings that took
 place on July 2 & 3, featuring  MaryAnn Hu, Jennifer Ikeda, Francis Jue
 Jason Liebman, and Eugene Young.

I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard by Halley Feiffer,  about the tempestous
 relationship of an actress daughter with her most critical fan, her father,with  
staged readings July 4 at 7:15 pm & July 5 at 8:15 pm , featuring Reed Birney 
and Betty Gilpin.

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, about a woman who returns
 from war traumatized to find her home life in shreds of despair, with  
staged readings July 9 at 8:15 pm & July 10 at 8:15 pm, featuring Cassie Beck,
 Rebecca Henderson, Jedidiah Schultz, Chris Sullivan, and Sally Wingert.
The Imaginary Music Critic Who Doesn’t Exist by David Mitchell Robinson,
about a well-respected music site on the internet that ventures out of control, with 
 staged readings July 12  at 8:15 p.m. & July 13 at 7:15 p.m., featuring
 Eva Kaminsky, Ronete Levinson
Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Michelle Wilson.
A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-Name by A. Rey Pamatmat, about a politician 
who risks everything, including supernatural powers, to win, with staged
 readings July 16 at 8:15 pm & July 17 at 8:15 pm, featuring Teresa Avia
 Scott Drummond, Morgan Everitt, Naomi Lorrain,  
Johnny McKeown, Brian McManamon, Alfredo Narcisco
 Jon Norman Schneider,  Makela Spielman,and DeWanda Wise.
Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, about moments of love over a quarter
 of a century, with  staged readings July 18 at 7:15 pm & July 19 at 8:15 pm,
 featuring Eisa Davis and  Sue Jean Kim.

Schedule is subject to change. All performances are at the Eugene O’Neill
 Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385. Tickets for the 
National Playwrights Conference may be purchased online
 at or through the O’Neill Box Office at (860) 443-1238 
at $28 each.

As if that weren't enough, the Eugene O'Neil hosts a Cabaret Conference each
 summer and this year is no exception.
Artistic Director John McDaniel announced headliners for the ten-day conference
that begins July 23 with nightly performances. The Grand Finale ends the O’Neill 
summer season on August 2.

The conference brings some of the biggest names in Cabaret Theater to perform 
at the O’Neill each summer, providing valuable development and performance 
training for select Cabaret Fellows – up-and-coming performers on the cabaret 
scene. Says McDaniel, “This year’s conference is all about putting cabaret into 
perspective. Looking Back. Looking Ahead. I couldn’t be
 happier to welcome these amazing talents to our little cabaret in the woods for my 
second season at the O’Neill.
The offerings include:
Cabaret Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, July 23 at 8 pm,
 free and open to the public.
Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch will hold court on July 24 at 8 pm with their

 professional act of humor and musicianship, straight from New York City.
Mimi Hines – July 25 at 8 pm
Best known for replacing Barbra Streisand on Broadway in
Funny Girl, and 

running the show on her own steam for 18 months, Mimi also starred coast 
to coast in I Do! I Do!Sugar Babies, Hello, Dolly!, Nunsense, Pippin,
 Anything GoesThe Full Monty, and many more. This show business 
legend is widely known to television audiences for her appearances on 
"The Jack Paar Show" and 
"The Ed Sullivan Show," dating back to 1958!
Susie Mosher and the New Faces of 2014 – July 26 at 8 pm
Known throughout New York for her ability to find and showcase the best 

new talent, Susie will bring a fabulous lineup of new faces to the O’Neill 
stage for this special night. 
Susan Mosher  is one of those talents you need to see to believe; on second 
thought, let's just say you need to see her, and stop there." - Adam Feldman, 
 TimeOut NY.
The Man in the Long Black Coat: Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan – July 27 
at 8 pm.  Back by popular demand, this amazing, unique talent from the UK
 is sure to bring down the house! Tracy Stark, Conference music director and a
 frequent collaborator of Barb’s, will be at the piano.
 "An exhilarating and revelatory evening, in which Dylan's songs are 
ravishingly illuminated,revealing heretofore unheard joys and sorrows. I came
 away in a trance, which lasted until the following week when I returned and 
 my mind was blown even further. The best show in New York hands down, 
in forever." - Jon Robin Baitz
Betty Buckley – August 1at 8 pm
An evening with “The Voice of Broadway.” A Tony Award winning actress and

 singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around 
the world, Buckley is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading 
ladies. She makes her debut at the O’Neill this summer.
Conference Fellows & Junior Fellows hone their presentational skills, learning the 
artof stage performance and training under the guidance of Conference special 
guests and  headliners and they will perform on July 30 and 31 at 8 pm. 
 The Cabaret's Grand Finale will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, August 1 .
Barb Jungr will serve as Master Teacher
 for the 2014 Cabaret Fellows.Tickets for the Cabaret performances
 range from $35 to $220.  Call the O'Neill at 860-443-1238 or online  at

Don't keep this secret.  Shout it to the world at large and Connecticut 

 audiences inparticular. If you've never taken a ride up I-95 to exit 75, 
you are missing a great entertainment treat. Come and enjoy all that
 the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has to offer. 
 It's the 50th Anniversary but you don't need to bring a present...
.just yourself.

1 comment:

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