Talk Back Series at the New York Public Library to Celebrate our 50th Anniversary

In partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the O'Neill will present a series of conversation to coincide with the Library's public exhibition on the O’Neill, “Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill since 1964.” The three programs – May 29, June 19, and August 7 – are held in The Library for the Performing Arts' Bruno Walter Auditorium and are free and open to the public. 

“The O’Neill is a launchpad for new work and new careers, and has been since our founding in 1964.  These three fascinating evenings will explore not only our immense legacy of work, but our continuing and vital evolution to serve the artist.” - Preston Whiteway, Executive Director


50 Years Later: The Developmental Path to Production
Thurs., May 29 | 6pm

George C. White (Founder, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference; Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director of Manhattan Theater Club; and O’Neill alumni playwrights John Guare (House of Blue Leaves, NPC 1966), Samuel D. Hunter (A Great Wilderness, NPC 2013 & Norman Rockwell Killed My Father, NPC 2005) and Quiara Alegría Hudes (The Happiest Song Plays Last, NPC 2011 & In The Heights, NMTC 2005). 

Thanks to the O’Neill:  A Tribute to the National Theater Institute
Thurs., June 19 | 6pm

Rachel Jett, Artistic Director of the National Theater Institute, moderator
Josh Radnor, NTI'95

Thousands of actors, writers, and directors found a launchpad in our National Theater Institute. The National Theater Institute offers six intensive credit-earning semesters taught by industry professionals and has given rise to award-winning artists. In a conversation moderated by Artistic Director Rachel Jett,  Josh Radnor shares memories of his time at NTI, and how it shaped their career and craft. The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.


The O'Neill: On the Cutting Room Floor
Thurs., Aug 7 | 6pm

Jeffrey Sweet, Author, “The O’Neill: The Transformation of Modern American Theater”
GW "Skip" Mercier, Curator, Launchpad of the American Theater; the O'Neill since 1964"
Preston Whiteway, Executive Director, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

What stories made the cut for the book? What valuable pieces of O’Neill history ended up on the cutting room floor for the exhibit? O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway leads a discussion with author, playwright, critic, and O’Neill alumnus Jeffrey Sweet and exhibit curator Skip Mercier about the development processes for both of their projects. Admission is free and open to the public.


The exhibition “Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill since 1964” is free and open to the public until September 16 at The Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center. For more information please visit