Rebeck among scribe to develop new plays
A new play by Theresa Rebeck (“Smash”) and a residency for Greg Kotis (“Urinetown”) are on tap at the 2012 edition of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.A slate of eight plays makes up the 48th season of the annual new-work development program (July 4-28). Located in Waterford, Conn., the conference has helped launch careers of scribes including August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, John Patrick Stanley and John Guare. Each play’s slot includes a week of developmental work with the scribe, a director, actors and designers, culminating in staged readings that are open the public and often attract Gotham legiters. Shows in the lineup are: • Rebeck’s “Fool,” about a contest between two jesters to determine who’s funnier; • Anne Garcia-Romero’s “Provenance,” centering on sisters who unexpectedly receive a stolen painting; • Ken Weitzman’s “Reclamation,” following a water manager and his assistant in the water-strapped American West in the year 2020; • “Two Lakes, Two Rivers,” Laura Jacqmin’s play about a young woman and the mysterious deaths of college guys in a Midwestern town; • Dominic Taylor’s “Hype Hero (King Patch),” centered on a poor citizen in a world run by corporations; • “Alligator” by Hilary Bettis, an Everglades-set story about twin ‘gator wrestlers; • Basil Kreimendahl’s “Orange Julius,” about an Agent Orange-poisoned man and the daughter who attempts to reconnect with him; and • “The Tall Girls,” by Meg Miroshnik, centering on a desolate town whose teen girls try to form a basketball team. Kotis will use his residency to work on an untitled play about two dads who fall for the same fifth grade teacher. Directors and actors involved in each title remain to be announced.