In reflecting on the tremendous success of O’Neill-developed projects this season, National Playwrights Conference Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg notes, citing the recent off-Broadway premieres of three NPC shows:
"The stories are relevant and their success is a testament to the success of the O'Neill's holistic development process. It is always inspiring when we are in a moment like this with so many shows moving into world premiere productions and New York premieres.”
ALLIGATOR, by Hilary Bettis, was developed at the O’Neill’s 2012 National Playwrights Conference. The show had its world premiere at New Georges Theatre in November as the inaugural production of The Sol Project, a New-York based initiative dedicated to raising the visibility of Latinx playwrights.
OREGON TRAIL was developed during the 2013 National Playwrights Conference. It had its New York premiere in a Fault Line Theatre production at Women's Project Theater. Written by Bekah Brunstetter, the production featured NPC director Geordie Broadwater and NPC cast members Emily Louise Perkins and Laura Ramadei. The show will also be seen at Chicago Halcyon’s Theatre in November.
ORANGE JULIUS, by Basil Kreimendahl, was developed at the O'Neill's 2012 National Playwrights Conference. The show had its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in a collaborative production with PAGE 73. The production featured NPC alum Irene Sofia Lucio and Jess Barbagallo (National Theater Institute faculty).
“For over 50 years, major writers and artists of every stripe have launched their careers on our seaside campus. The number of O’Neill-developed works currently on stages around the world is a testament to the work of our outstanding Artistic Directors and demonstrates the value the O’Neill has in the American Theater. I’m thrilled that these new plays and musicals will be seen by audiences across the country.” - preston whiteway, o'neill executive director