David Auburn in Residence During Our
2014 National Playwrights Conference
Rey Pamatmat to Develop New Play as 6th Selected Playwright
Playwright David Auburn will join Sam Hunter as writers-in-residence during the 50th Annual Conference, both working on current projects. Mr. Auburn’s Lost Lake was developed during the 2013 conference. He is best known for his Pulitzer Prize (2001) winning Proof, adapted for film in 2005 starring Anthony Hopkins, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
A. Rey Pamatmat has been selected as the Conference’s sixth playwright, developing his new play A Power Play; Or, Whats-its-Name. The 2012 Hodder Fellow in Playwriting and the 2011 PoNY Fellow, his plays include after all the terrible things I do, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,High/Limbo/High, A Spare Me, DEVIANT, and Thunder Above, Deeps Below, developed at the O’Neill in 2008.
Pamatmat replaces Christopher Oscar Peña, previously selected to develop Icarus Burns.
"Like all our alumni, David, Sam and Rey are family; an important part of the National Playwrights Conference. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I want to continue to build on our legacy of seeking out new artists while remaining an artistic retreat to those who have spent summers with us in the past. We look forward to welcoming them back.” - Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director
Under the artistic leadership of Ms. Goldberg (her 10th Season), each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process, employing acclaimed professional creative and support staff, including directors, dramaturgs, actors, and designers to bring the six new plays to life for the first time. The playwrights will spend three weeks in July developing and presenting public staged readings of their work during NPC’s 50th season.
The six selected works were chosen from a record-breaking pool of over 1,200 plays received through our open submissions process this year, which allows any playwright – with or without agent representation – to submit. Readers from across the country chose plays based on merit, without any authorship information.
The National Playwrights Conference runs from Wednesday, July 2 through Saturday, July 19 at our campus in Waterford, Connecticut. Box Office ((860) 443-1238) and online ticket sales begin Wednesday, June 11. Member-only ticket sales are open now. Schedules are subject to change.