Marin Ireland, Michael R. Jackson, Jo Lampert, More Headed to O'Neill Theater Center's Summer 2018 Conferences | Playbill

Regional News Marin Ireland, Michael R. Jackson, Jo Lampert, More Headed to O'Neill Theater Center's Summer 2018 Conferences A diverse lineup of actors, directors, and writers will bring new plays and musicals to life at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
Marin Ireland, Michael R. Jackson, and Jo Lampert

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced casting and creative teams for its National Music Theater Conference (June 19–July 17) and the National Playwrights Conference (June 29–July 28) in Waterford, Connecticut.

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Alexander Gemignani, currently on Broadway in Carousel (for which he earned a Tony nominations), marks his first year as artistic director of the National Music Theatre Conference, which will showcase three new works this summer.

Selected works include:
The Family Resemblance
Book, lyrics, and music by Masi Asare
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Featuring Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Brittany Bradford, Carey Rebecca Brown, Rheaume Crenshaw, Elizabeth Ward Land, Robert Lenzi, and Laiona Michelle
“Akosua and her family are expecting an ordinary Christmas back home in central Pennsylvania, but heavy winds, a corporate crisis, and a visitation from an ancestor mean things do not go as planned. This semi-autobiographical musical centers on three generations of one cross-cultural family—a white mother, black father, two mixed race daughters, and the spirit of an African grandmother.”

Book and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Book and music by Anna K. Jacobs
Directed by Portia Krieger
Featuring Jason Gotay, Diana Huey, Sara Kapner, Ashley Lalonde, Jared Loftin, Samantha Rhea Parrish, Emily Schultheis, Bobby Steggert, Emily Walton, and Sumi Yu
“Adapted from the 2007 Sundance Award-winning indie horror film by Mitchell Lichtenstein, Teeth tells the story of Dawn O’Keefe, an evangelical Christian teen with a powerful secret: she has teeth in her vagina. When the men in Dawn’s life try to exploit her, she is forced to choose between survival or destruction.”

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World
Book, music, and lyrics by Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
Featuring Annie Golden, Jo Lampert, Orville Mendoza, and Reggie D. White
“Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twentysomething, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom, he suffers from crippling social and neural deficiencies. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic frontman of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom informs him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots—Eddie's actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star—first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie deals with the fact that his life must change.”

The National Playwrights Conference, under the leadership of Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg, will present eight new plays this summer. They include:

Wendy C. Goldberg
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By Beth Henley
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
Featuring Marin Ireland and Maggie Lacey
“In a cabin high on a peak surrounded by the Blue Mountains and sky, a young woman is visited by a traveling salesman as a storm gains strength. The play is a theatrical and captivating story of resilience and determination in a most unforgiving world.”

By Benjamin Benne
Directed by Elena Araoz
Featuring Cynthia Bastidas and Andrea Morales
“Nearly 18 years ago, Alma crossed the border between Mexico and the United States, pregnant with a child and great dreams for the life ahead of them. Now it’s December 2, 2016, Alma has been studying for her citizenship test while her daughter, Angel, studies for her SATs. But since the election, Alma has been having haunting nightmares about elephants and spider webs. And on the eve before Angel’s test, Trump’s voice is blaring from the television when Alma comes home early to discover that Angel isn’t at home studying.”

By Cori Thomas
Directed by Kent Gash
Featuring John Earl Jelks and Andy Lucien
“A writer and a prison inmate embark on an unexpected journey to the realities of long term incarceration and grief, as they work together to craft a statement for his upcoming parole hearing.”

By Enid Graham
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Featuring Lisa Emery, Ben Horner, Louisa Krause, Hallie Samuels, and Matt Stadelmann
“Ruth, a young woman from a mysterious and sheltered background, attempts to create a new life in New York. Navigating the strange, bewildering environment, she struggles to make her way in the city and to answer the question that drove her out into the world in the first place: is it possible to be alive and not be alone?”

By Celine Song
Directed by Sammi Cannold
Featuring Lori Tan Chinn, Jiehae Park, Matt da Silva, Andy Talen, Virginia Wing, Jo Yang, Ryan Rosenheim, John DeSilvestri, and Robert Duffley
“On the island of Man-Jae in Korea, three elderly women spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood with nothing but rusty knives. They are ‘haenyeos’—‘sea women’—and there are no heiresses to their millennium-old tradition. Endlings is a real estate lesson from the last three remaining ‘haenyeos’ in the world: Don’t Live On An Island. Unless it is the island of Manhattan.”

The Forest
By Lia Romeo
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Featuring John Concado, Sam Lilja, Maryann Plunkett, and Makela Spielman
“Juliet is losing her marriage. Her mother Pam is losing her memory. And there’s a mysterious forest growing in and around their living room. A play about grief, weird love, and what to do when there aren’t any right answers.”

Robert O’Hara

Slave Play
By Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Featuring Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, James Cusati-Moyer, Mikeah Ernest Jennings, A.Z. Kelsey, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Jesse Pennington
“The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House.”

Marvel-ous Monica; In Which Monica Lewinsky Is a Superhero Hell-Bent On Revenge
By Sarah Tuft
Directed by Giovanni Sardelli
Featuring Aidem, David Wilson Barnes, Catherine Curtin, Angel Desai, Scott Drummond, Jenny Mudge, and Remy Zaken
“As Monica Lewinsky rehearses for her TED Talk, her PTSD keeps getting in the way, sending her spinning, literally, into an alternate universe. Will Marvel-ous Monica rescue The Pretty Young Coed from the Lecherous Professor? Will she learn the secret of Nasty-Woman, the mighty matriarchal superhero? And finally, will Monica be able to give her talk by making peace with her traumatic past? Combining humor, fantasy, and verbatim theater, Marvel-ous Monica offers an overdue #MeToo look at the slut-shamed young woman at the center of a notorious political scandal.”

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