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    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    O’Neill Center announces its 2024 summer season

    Part of a previous year’s staged reading at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. (H. Avery)

    The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford has announced its 2024 summer season and the artists selected for its prestigious programs. This season marks the O’Neill’s 60th anniversary since the new work development center was founded in 1964.

    The season will once again begin with the National Puppetry Conference. Artists from around the world will gather to develop their skills and create new work, which will be showcased at the performances on June 14 and 15.

    The National Playwrights Conference will return to developing eight plays this season for the first time since 2019. Writers whose work will be developed are Keiko Green, Marvin González De León, Jesse Jae Hoon, Emma Horwitz, Rachel Mars, DJ Hills, LaDarrion Williams, and Chris Campbell. Public staged readings will run June 20 to July 14.

    The National Music Theater Conference will then include musicals by Kevin Wong, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Faye Chiao, abs wilson, and Veronica Mansour. Public staged readings will begin July 10 and end July 26.

    The final program of the season is the Cabaret & Performance Conference. The ten-night performance line-up, from July 31 to Aug. 10, will feature artists Kate Baldwin, Phillip Boykin, Carol Lipnik, Bryan Eng, Natalie Douglas, Brad Simmons, Jon Weber, and the Cabaret Fellows and Junior Fellows, who will spend the conference honing their skills under the tutelage of the conference’s staff and guest artists.

    Free events return to campus, starting with the Young Playwrights Festival on May 19.

    The O’Neill will also once again welcome writers and critics for the National Critics Institute.

    “We are so encouraged by the resounding interest in the programs the O’Neill offers, reflected in the record number of applications we received this year. It was a competitive field of impressive, high caliber work,” said Executive Director Tiffani Gavin. “As one of the few organizations still dedicated solely to supporting new works and new voices, it is proof that what we are doing is vital for the field.”

    Member pre-sale will begin May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 28 at 10 a.m.

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