Three writer residencies and seven new plays lined up for conference

Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”), Chris D’Arienzo (“Rock of Ages”) and Anne Washburn (“The Internationalist”) are among the scribes lined up to participate in the O’Neill Theater Center’s 2010 National Playwrights Conference.

Annual summer event is among the country’s highest-profile development programs for new legit work, with the theater center’s campus in Waterford, Conn., located close enough to New York to attract Gotham legiters scouting for new material.

Uhry and D’Arienzo will join Russian scribe Yaroslava Pulinovich in conference residencies, during which the writers will work on new projects. During his residency, D’Arienzo, also the screenwriter of pic “Barry Munday,” will collaborate with director Wendy C. Goldberg, the a.d. of the conference.

On the slate for the conference’s 46th season are seven plays that will be developed through a rehearsal process that culminates in a series of public readings to run July 9-31. Seven selected shows are:

n Washburn’s “A Devil at Noon,” about a sci-fi novelist in Berkeley, Calif., beset by a series of odd problems;

n “Creation” by Kathryn Walat (“Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen”), following an evolutionary biologist who develops a sudden fixation on music;

n David West Read’s “The Dream of the Burning Boy,” about an English teacher in the aftermath of a popular student’s death;

n Dominique Morisseau’s “Follow Me to Nellie’s,” centering on a brothel in Mississippi in 1955;

n “Close Up Space” by Molly Smith Metzler, about an intimidating book editor struggling to communicate with his daughter;

n Carrie Barrett’s “The Burden of Not Having a Tail,” revolving around a paranoid woman and an apocalypse bunker;

n “Comes a Faery” by James McLindon, about a grumpy Irish fairy and a lonely little girl.

Theater center also runs a tuner development conference that will overlap with the playwrights conference. Among the musicals on that slate is a new work from Stew (“Passing Strange”).

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