Casts and creative teams for 

2017 National Playwrights Conference


The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces casting and creative teams for the eight new plays selected for development at the 53rd annual National Playwrights Conference July 5-29, 2017.  Among the actors premiering new work are: Kate Bornstein, Amy Landecker, Frank Wood, Ana Reeder, Cassie Beck, and Jill Eikenberry. Creative teams feature directors Doug Hughes, David Auburn, Wendy C. Goldberg, and Daniella Topol.

The O’Neill’s founding program, the National Playwrights Conference will present eight new works this summer season by a broad mix of brand new and mid-career artists. Led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg, each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process employing professional creative and support staff, including acclaimed directors, dramaturgs, actors, and designers to bring new plays to life. Public, staged readings of each play will be presented at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. The eight new works, with casting and creative teams are:

We Are Among Us

By Stephen Belber

Director: Doug Hughes

Dramaturg: John Baker

Cast: Nilanjana Bose, Jimonn Cole. Amy Landecker, Teresa Lim,and Noah Robbins.

Synopsis: War; love; deceit; omission. A 20-year-old son still living with his mother; a daughter and her dead father.  We Are Among Us tells the story of a younger generation grappling with the actions and inactions of those who came before it.

Readings: July 5 & 6 at 8:15pm

 

The Quiet Ones

By Mary Hamilton

Director: Portia Krieger

Dramaturg: Sarah Lunnie,

Cast: Kate Bornstein, Deonna Bouye, Reyna de Courcy, April Matthis, Maryann Plunkett, and David Ross

Synopsis: Katherine’s old-school methods as a kindergarten teacher have come under new scrutiny. She struggles to handle a disturbing event between two of her students; her only son is getting married and she can’t decide on a pair of shoes; and she is still working to recover from the breakup of her family 17 years ago after her husband transitioned genders. As Katherine attempts to navigate a new culture using all the old rules, the fragility of her world-view becomes painfully clear. The Quiet Ones explores what is lost or gained as we evolve as people and as a society.

Readings: July 7 & 8 at 7:15pm

 

queens

By Martyna Majok

Director: Danya Taymor

Dramaturg: John Baker

Cast: Mia Barron, Cassie Beck, Marjan Neshat, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski, and Nicole Villamil.

Synopsis: The lives of two generations of immigrant women from Poland, Ukraine, Honduras, and Afghanistan haunt a basement apartment in the borough of Queens. In 2017, Inna comes looking for the mother who abandoned her as a child in Ukraine, and Renia is assaulted by the memories of the women who occupied the building wherein she once sought refuge and now owns. Spanning 2001 to 2017, queens looks at the choices these women made for security, family, dignity, and desire in a country that plays favorites with its fortune. What are you forced to leave behind when working so hard to move forward?

Readings: July 12 & 13 at 8:15pm

 

Exposure

By Steve DiUbaldo

Director: Wendy C. Goldberg

Dramaturg: Abigail Katz

Cast: Chris Berry, Marcus Callender, Michael Galligan, Sam Kebede, Hugh Kennedy, Postell Pringle, and David Zheng.

Synopsis: A play about the world of AAU basketball and the dark side of NCAA Division-1 recruiting. When Eli Gamble grows seven inches the summer after his junior year of high school, he becomes a major college recruit with NBA potential. On the murky path to realizing his newfound potential, Eli must navigate who he can and cannot trust while he attempts to differentiate the game of basketball from the game of life.

Readings: July 14 & 15 at 7:15pm

 

Title IX

By Elaine Romero  

Director: Daniella Topol

Dramaturg: Kristin Leahey

Cast:Sean Carvajal, Jill Eikenberry, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Liz Ramos Makela Spielman, and Frank Wood.

Synopsis: The third play of Elaine Romero’s U.S./Mexican border trilogy, Title IX follows a border family of Latina educators from 1972 to the present. Has sexism in the U.S. been eradicated, or has it just found new forms? Does the right to equal treatment lead to that equal treatment, or is it an insidious path to something else?

Readings: July 19 & 20 at 8:15pm

 

The One ATM in Antarctica

By Adam Esquenazi Douglas

Director: David Auburn

Dramaturg: Anne G. Morgan

Cast: Allison Mack and David Ross

Synopsis: Sobriety is hard. Like, really hard. I'm talking Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle hard. Everyone thinks Sunday is the hardest, but the Sunday puzzle has a theme which makes it slightly easier. Saturday has no theme, so you're just flying solo. It's way harder. Almost as hard as sobriety.

Readings: July 21 at 7:15pm & July 22 at 3:15pm

 

Black Super Hero Magic Mama

By  Inda Craig-Galván

Director: Deena Selenow

Dramaturg: Carrie Chapter

Cast: Harron Atkins, Jessica Francis Dukes, Shelia Irving, Sam Kebede, Hugh Kennedy, Keith Powell, Kate Rigg, and Terrell Donnell Sledge.

Synopsis: Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a white cop. Rather than herald the Black Lives Matter movement, she retreats inward, living out a comic book superhero fantasy. Will Sabrina stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?

Readings:  July 26 & 27 at 8:15pm

 

Assisted Living

By Michael Tucker

Director: Carolyn Cantor

Dramaturg: Anne G. Morgan

Cast: Dominic Chianese, Jill Eikenberry, Daniel Geroll, Patricia Kalember, Jodi Long, and John Pankow.

Synopsis: Three couples in their golden years, thick as thieves, are gathered together at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades.  The foundation of their long-lasting friendship is honesty and support—as well as a mutual commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine, and laughter.  They’re so close that Sunny even suggests that they all move in together—to live and work and assist one another as they grow older.  Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered.  The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.

Readings:  July 28 & 29 at 7:15pm

All eight plays to be workshopped were chosen from 1,350 plays received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. Additionally Devlin Elliott joins the 2017 National Playwrights Conference as a Writer-in-Residence.

Tickets are on sale. More information is available by calling (860) 443-1238 or www.theoneill.org.