Birney, Countryman are on the cast list
The O’Neill Theater Center has lined up thesps for its annual round of legit developmental programs, with Reed Birney and Michael Countryman among those on tap for the playwrights conference and Barbara Walsh and Jarrod Emick set for the music theater conference.Thesps will participate in the conferences’ rehearsal workshops and perform in semi-staged public presentations of the works. Off Broadway vet Birney, Laura Heisler (“Kin”) and Thomas Jay Ryan (“The Temperamentals”) are among the cast of “Acquainted With the Night,” the new Keith Reddin play to be helmed by Mark Wing-Davey. Countryman (“Mary Stuart”), meanwhile, is one of the cast members of Jennifer Haley’s play “The Nether,” directed by Lisa Petersen. These are only a few of those on the roster of actors on tap for the eight plays to be developed during the playwrights conference. On the musical front, Walsh (“Company”) will appear in “The Shadow Sparrow” by Keith Gordon, Charlie Sohne and Anton Dudley. Emick (“Damn Yankees,” “The Boy From Oz”) and Kate Wetherhead (“Legally Blonde”) are set for Daniel Zaitchik and Jordan Harrison’s “Suprema.” The O’Neill playwrights conference runs July 6-30, while the music theater session is set for Saturday-July 15.