Directors and Casting Announced: NPC 2012

May 03, 2012

NPC 2012 directors include: Suzanne Agins, Director of New Play Development at Dorset Theater Festival;  Fulbright Fellow and Princess Grace Award Recipient Sarah Rasmussen; Henry Wishcamper, Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company; Kym Moore; NEA/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellow and Princess Grace Award recipient Juliette Carillo;  acclaimed independent director Lisa Peterson;  and Hayley Finn, Associate Producer at The Playwrights Center. NPC Artistic Director Wendy Goldberg will also direct, working with Theresa Rebeck on her new play, The Way of Things.


PROVENANCE by Anne García-Romero
Director: Juliette Carillo
Performances: 7/4 at 8PM; 7/5 at 8PM

RECLAMATION by Ken Weitzman
Director: Lisa Peterson
Performances: 7/6 at 7:15PM; 7/7 at 8:15PM

TWO LAKES, TWO RIVERS by Laura Jacqmin
Director: Henry Wishcamper
Performances: 7/11 at 8:15PM; 7/12 at 8:15PM

HYPE HERO (King Patch) by Dominic Taylor
Director: Kym Moore
Performances: 7/13 at 7:15PM; 7/14 at 8:15PM

ALLIGATOR by Hilary Bettis
Director: Suzanne Agins
Performances: 7/18 at 8:15PM; 7/19 at 8:15PM

ORANGE JULIUS by Basil Kreimendahl
Director: Sarah Rasmussen
Performances: 7/20 at 7:15PM; 7/21 at 3:15PM

THE TALL GIRLS by Meg Miroshnik
Director: Haley Finn
Performances: 7/25 at 8:15PM; 7/26 at 8:15PMs

THE WAY OF THINGS by Theresa Rebeck
Director: Wendy C. Goldberg
Performances: 7/27 at 7:15PM; 7/28 at 8:15PM

Schedules are subject to change. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 6.  Please call the O’Neill Box Office at 860-443-1238 or visit for times, prices and reservations. Outdoor performances will be moved indoors in the event of rain.


Wendy C. Goldberg – Director, THE WAY OF THINGS
Ms. Goldberg is in her eighth season as Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference. Under Ms. Goldberg’s tenure, the O’Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award, the first play development and education organization to receive this honor. She is the first woman to lead the conference in its forty-eight year history
Ms. Goldberg has overseen the development of more than 50 projects for the stage, many of which have gone on to great acclaim with productions in New York and around the country. Among them are 2012 and 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winning plays (Jennifer Haley’s The Nether and Julia Cho’s The Language Archive), two American Theatre Critics Association Citation Award Winning Plays (Lee Blessing’s Great Falls and Deborah Zoe Laufer’s End Days), and 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama (Lynn Nottage’s Ruined), written in part while Nottage was a Writer in Residence at the O’Neill in the summer of 2006.
She has directed for every major new play development program in the country and proudly serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  Ms. Goldberg is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) and holds a MFA in Directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Suzanne Agins – Director, Alligator
Suzanne Agins is a freelance director as well as the Director of New Play Development at Dorset Theater Festival after serving Artistic Associate for New Plays at Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005-2007.  She made her Off- Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jailbait by Deirdre O’Connor for the Cherry Lane Theatre. Other recent directing projects include: Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation by Cusi Cram, inspired by Lope de Vega’s play, at Princeton University (developed with LAByrinth Theater Company);  Carrie Barrett’s The Burden of Not Having a Tail (National Playwrights Conference); Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels at Dorset Theater Festival; Lucy and the Conquest by Cusi Cram (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival);  Wing It, a new musical inspired by Aristophanes’ The Birds, by Gordon Cox and Kris Kukul (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival); three Maddy Mann stage shows created with Ryan Migge (Ars Nova, soloNOVA festival at the DR2, Dixon Place);  Maddy Mann’s webseriesQUADS!;  The Secret Narrative of the Phone Book by Gordon Cox (World Premiere, Kraine Theater);  Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan (Cherry Lane Mentor Project).  
She holds an MFA in Directing from UC - San Diego, is the recipient of a 2006 Princess Grace Directing Fellowship (Robert & Gloria Houseman Theater Award), an adjunct faculty member at Princeton University (her alma mater), and a member of SDC and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab.

Henry Wishcamper – Director, Two Lakes, Two Rivers
Off-Broadway: Spirit Control (MTC), Graceland (LCT3), Port Authority (Atlantic Theater Company), Elvis People (New World Stages), The Polish Play (Katharsis Theater Company),Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company; Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play). Regional: The Birds (The Guthrie), Animal Crackers (The Goodman, Joseph Jefferson nomination), Talking Pictures (The Goodman), Engaging Shaw and The Mystery of Irma Vep(The Old Globe), Art (Barrington Stage), The Seafarer and Speech & Debate (Hartford TheaterWorks), The Good Thief (Portland Stage). Assistant director of the Broadway productions of August: Osage County and Shining City. Henry is the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company. He is a Drama League Directing Fellow and a graduate of Yale University. Upcoming:Other Desert Cities (The Goodman).

Sarah Rasmussen – Director, Orange Julius
Ms. Rasmussen is currently co-directing We Play for The Gods (Women’s Project).  She is a 2011 Princess Grace Award Recipient with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she serves as Resident Director for OSF’s Black Swan Lab.  Sarah has developed new work around the country, including SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, Playwrights’ Center, PlayPenn, New Dramatists, Women’s Project, Theater Masters and the Brooklyn College MFA program.  Other recent credits include Crashing the Party, 1001, Red Ink (Mixed Blood), the 2012 Humana 10 Minute Play Festival, Chile Pod (La Jolla Playhouse), Associate Director for A Time to Kill (Arena Stage,) and Assistant Director for the Broadway production of In the Next Room. She is a Fulbright, Phil Killian and Drama League fellow, with an MFA from UC - San Diego

Kym Moore – Director, Hype Hero (King Patch) 
Ms. Moore is a multidisciplinary stage director, writer and producer. She has directed plays off-Broadway and in regional theaters including SoHo Rep, Joe’s Pub, La MaMa ETC, New Dramatists, Penumbra Theatre, Here Arts Center, The Women’s Project, Boston Center for the Arts, and StageWest. Recent projects include the New York Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick Radiate by Daniel Alexander Jones; Yermedea by Erik Ehn which will be produced at La MaMa ETC in November 2012 as part of the Soulographie Project.
Kym was awarded first prize for her play The Date, by Pen and Brush. A new devised work Time’s Upis currently in development as well as 20/20: a new song cycle musical by Andy Hertz. University Theatre productions include The Cook by Eduardo Machado, The Other Shore by Gao Xingjian, FunnyHouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman at Brown University; Harvard University Playwrights Festival, and Mirrored by Dorothy Abrams at Johnson and Wales University. Kym is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, and a faculty member in the department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University.

Juliette Carillo – Director, Provenance
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Juliette is most known for her productions of Lydia by Octavio Solis. Premiering at Denver Theater Center, it went on to subsequent productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. The New York Times quoted the work on Lydia as “Seductive and strong. Juliette Carrillo has directed with enormous skill and knowing compassion.”
Juliette has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, including plays at Seattle Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Magic Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theater Company, and, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She is known for developing new plays and has done numerous workshops in regional theatre as well NY theatres such as New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, INTAR, and The Women’s Project.
An ensemble member of Cornerstone Theatre, Juliette has collaborated with numerous communities in creating original work. Juliette was also an Artistic Associate at South Coast Repertory Theatre for seven years, where she directed regularly in their season and ran the Hispanic Playwrights Project, collaborating with successful Latino writers across the country. She is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group directing fellowship and the Princess Grace Award.

Lisa Peterson – Director, Reclamation
Lisa Peterson has directed world premieres by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Chay Yew, Luis Alfaro, Culture Clash, Jane Anderson, David Henry Hwang, Stephen Belber, William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein, Ellen McLaughlin, Marlane Meyer, Annie Weisman, Philip Gotanda, John Belluso, David Bucknam, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, and many others at theaters including New York Theater Workshop, The Public, The Vineyard, MCC, MTC, Primary Stages, Guthrie, Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Huntington, Yale Rep, Intiman, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, McCarter, and more.
She was Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for 3 years and Resident Director at Mark Taper Forum for 10 years. In addition to new work development at National Playwrights Conference, Lisa has developed new work at Sundance Theater Lab, Playwrights Center, New Dramatists, and the Royal Court.  Graduate of Yale College.  Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Executive Board of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers). Lisa is the co-writer, with Denis O’Hare, of An Iliad, which just won a Lortel Award for its run at New York Theater Workshop.

Haley Finn – Director, The Tall Girls
Ms. Finn has developed and directed new work in New York at The Cherry Lane, The Flea, Gotham Stage Company, Here Arts Center, New Dramatists, New Georges, The New Group, The Kitchen, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights’ Horizons, and the Public Theater. Regionally, she has developed at Curious Theatre, the Guthrie, History Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Pangea, Walker Art Center, and the Workhaus Collective. She has directed premiere productions by Trista Baldwin, Ross Berger, Sheila Callaghan, Kira Obolensky, Jonathan Spottiswoode, Mac Wellman, Gary Winter, and Rhiana Yazzie. Most recently she directed Why We Laugh based on an original cabaret from Terezin, performed site specifically in Terezin and at Nine Gates Festival in Prague.
She is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Program, recipient of the Ruth Easton Fellowship and TCG New Generations Future Leader grant; BA and MA from Brown University. She is the Associate Producer at The Playwrights’ Center.



Provenance by Anne García-Romero, public staged readings July 4 and 5, will feature Zabryna Guevara, Keira Keeley, Robert Montano, and Felix Solis.

Reclamation by Ken Weitzman, public staged readings July 6 and 7, will feature Brian Kerwin,Ben Morrow, and Jennifer Van Dyck.

Two Lakes, Two Rivers by Laura Jacqmin, public staged readings July 11 and 12, will featureCharlotte Booker, Michael Countryman, Clayton Fox, Keira Keeley, Karen Pittman,Will Rogers, and Myra Lucretia Taylor.

Hype Hero (King Patch) by Dominic Taylor, public staged readings July 13 and 14, will featureLeila Buck, Scott Drummond, Crystal Fox, David Lam, Curtis McClarin, Ben Morrow,Brian Quijada, Heather Simms, Makela Spielman, and Chandra Thomas.

Alligator by Hilary Bettis, public staged readings July 18 and 19, will feature Deonna Bouye,Clayton Fox, Kevin Geer, Megan Green, Will Rogers, Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Kira Sternbach.

Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl, public staged readings July 20 and 21, will feature Rick Foucheux, Stacey Raymond, Nancy Robinette, and Makela Spielman.

The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, public staged readings July 25 and 26, will feature Deonna Bouye, Megan Green, Alexandra Henrickson, Teresa Avia Lim, Irene Sofia Lucio, andDanny Mastrogorgio.

Fool by Theresa Rebeck, public staged readings July 27 and 28, will feature Laura Heisler,Kristine Nielsen, and Jeremy Webb with additional cast to be announced.

Category: New Plays

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