The longstanding new-work development initiative, held on the theater center’s campus in Waterford, Conn., is one of the few high-profile programs in the country to consider scripts from scribes without an agent or other representative. The O’Neill runs a musical theater conference that also has an open submission policy; the submission window for the 2013 outing of that program remains to be announced.
Writers selected for the playwrights conference are awarded a residency at the center and a stipend, plus housing, meals and transportation. The 2013 edition is set for July 2013, when each scribe’s work will undergo a developmental rehearsal process culminating in public readings.
Best known for playing an integral part in August Wilson’s rise to prominence, the playwrights conference has helped develop new titles from scribes including John Guare, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire and Wendy Wasserstein, among others.
The 2013 lineup of selected works, which usually total around eight, will be announced in the spring.