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The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford announced on Thursday the two new musicals selected for development at the 36th National Music Theater Conference. They are:
"The War Dept," with libretto, music and lyrics by Jim Bauer, libretto, art and video direction by Ruth Bauer. Readings are at 8 p.m. June 28, 3 p.m. June 29, 8 p.m. July 2, and 7 p.m. July 4.
In "The War Dept." the American Civil War has ended, but the task of cleaning up has only just begun. That work falls in large part to the eccentric savant Private William T. Clarke, who is working in an obscure and mysterious division of The War Department.
"The White City," with words by Julia Gytri, music by Avi Amon. Readings are at 8 p.m. July 5, 3 p.m. July 6, 8 p.m. July 9, and 3 p.m. July 11.
"The White City" takes place in Chicago in 1893. The city hosts the World's Columbian Exposition. Lucy, a sharpshooter from Buffalo Bill's Wild West, explores the fair, thrilled by the fast-pace of city life. But trouble simmers beneath the façade of the shimmering "White City" when young women begin to go missing.
Tickets go on sale June 11 at (860) 443-1238 and theoneill.org. Advance ticket sales are available to O'Neill Members beginning May 21.