Stephen Adly Guirgis (“Our Lady of 121st Street”) and Lynn Nottage (“Intimate Apparel”) are among the participants set for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.
Eight projects will be developed at the 42nd annual summer event, one of the country’s highest-profile programs for new plays.
Guirgis will attend the conference to work on “The Little Flower of East Orange,” his new play about a woman in the hospital and her incarcerated son. (In Gotham, script gets a reading directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Manhattan Theater Club on May 22.)
Nottage will be writer-in-residence for the summer.
Also on the slate are two offerings resulting from new partnerships between the O’Neill and other theaters. A collaboration with the Abbey in Ireland has yielded Ursula Rani Sarma’s “The Exchange,” about a man struggling to release the past, and one with Atlanta’s Alliance Theater brings Darren Canady’s “False Creeds,” about a young African-American man haunted by supernatural visions. “Creeds” won the Alliance’s Kendeda Playwriting Prize.
The other participating writers are Jorge Ignacio Cortinas (“Bird in the Hand”), Jason Grote (“1001”), Laura Schellhardt (“The K of D”) and Tommy Smith, who penned two offerings to be seen at the conference, “Air Conditioning” and tuner-for-youths “The Tale.”
Conference, which received some 750 submissions, runs July 5-30, with staged readings of the selected works staggered over the month.