Waterford, CT – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the 2015 National Playwrights Conference. Applicants may submit works to the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through Friday, October 17, 2014.

The National Playwrights Conference, which celebrated 50 years of new play development during the summer of 2014, is the founding program of the O’Neill and is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new plays. Authors of selected works will be awarded a residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings.

The O’Neill takes its mission for the discovery of new work and artists to heart: approximately 1,000 scripts are submitted for consideration each year. All developed projects in 2014, and seven of eight projects in 2013, 2012, and 2011, were discovered through the Open Submission Process. Submissions are sent to readers across the country and read blindly, allowing volunteer readers to focus on each writer’s voice and story, rather than a recognizable name or previous accomplishment. Each year, additionally, there might be one or two invitations for established writers or collaborations with other institutions; these help launch conversations with the larger national field.

Goldberg, Artistic Director since 2005, noted, “It’s been a remarkable year celebrating our 50th anniversary, and now we look to the future. For our 51st season, I look forward to building on our immense artistic legacy and helping to nurture the most innovative and fearless storytellers of our time.”

During Goldberg’s tenure, more than 50 works have gone on to world premiere productions. The 2014-15 theatrical season will see world premieres of Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (NPC 2014) at the Atlantic Theater Company, Lost Lake by David Auburn (NPC 2013) at Manhattan Theatre Club, Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin (NPC 2013) at Roundabout Underground, and Lauren Yee’s Samsara (NPC 2013) at Victory Gardens. Additionally, Jennifer Haley’s Susan Smith Blackburn prize-winning The Nether, developed at NPC 2011, will have its New York premiere at MCC Theater.

The National Playwrights Conference was launched in 1964. Playwrights have shaped the Conference from its very inception. When founder George C. White first gathered a prominent group of emerging writers to discuss their needs, the result was the “O’Neill model” – a place where playwrights can focus entirely on the development of their plays in workshop production without the pressures of commercial endeavors. More than 600 plays have evolved through the National Playwrights Conference.

The O’Neill continues to build an endowment to support Open Submissions. Initiated in 2006 with donations made in honor of O’Neill playwright Wendy Wasserstein, interest income helps support the submission and selection process.

Submission Details

– Early submissions are strongly encouraged
- No agent/representation required
– Plays of any length or genre are eligible
– T
he work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2015
- Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the cost of the process

The O’Neill will also host three online Q&A sessions about the process on the O’Neill Facebook page: Tuesday Sep. 30th at 1pm, Sunday Oct. 5th at 3pm, and Wednesday Oct. 15th at 6pm.

Visit for application and guidelines. Please direct any questions about the conference to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email

About the O’Neill:

Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. It is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

Recipient of a 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre and 1979 Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence, O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute (NTI). NTI offers intensive theater training programs for academic credit, including the brand-new National Music Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), a semester of study abroad, and six-week Theatermakers Summer Intensive.

The O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The childhood summer home of Eugene O’Neill, the Cottage is a National Historic Landmark.

Theater, dance and comedy line up in ‘The Queue’

Theater, dance and comedy line up in ‘The Queue’

Air travel can be mundane or even malicious, as evidenced by recent news of diverted flights and unruly passengers. But the Chicago-based dance theater company Lucky Plush Productions has turned a situation most people dread into an amusing and energizing experience with “The Queue,” the first performance in the new season of onStage at Connecticut College, on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium.

The characters in “The Queue” are in line at a fictional international airport, where they mix melancholy and morbid ideas about life and death with slapstick, vaudeville and Busby Berkeley-style choreography to create a comedic and moving production of dance and theater. The central narrative comes from “A Will and No Will, or a Bone for the Lawyers,” a 1946 farcical play in which a man’s impending death creates chaos as other characters evaluate their roles in his life and lobby for inheritances. “The Queue” has been compared to the physical humor of Charlie Chaplain and the rhythm and timing of Jacques Tati.

“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Richter, director of arts programming at Connecticut College, “funny but forlorn, a mix of theater and dance, and all in such a banal setting. This truly is a performance that will have wide-ranging appeal.”

This presentation of “The Queue” by Lucky Plush Productions was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for the event are $24; $21 for seniors; and $12 for students. For tickets and information, call 860-439-2787 or visit

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit

Matt Engelhardt

Manager of Media Relations

Connecticut College

(860) 439-2505 (desk)

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“Woody Sez” coming to TheaterWorks Hartford

Now Extended thru Sept 21


Woody Guthrie would have been lucky to have them in the studio…
The rest of us are lucky to have them at TheaterWorks,
blessedly unamplified and glorifying the music of an American original.”
Mr. Lutken quietly relates a harrowing tragedy, proving himself
as fine an actor as he is a singer.”
Ms. Rideout shines on mandolin and dulcimer;
Mr. Finch’s banjo solos are exceptional;
Ms. Russell handily accompanies her lustrous singing
with autoharp and bass.” 
CALL NOW 860.527.7838
Devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley and
Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein
Directed by Nick Corley

2014 Tony Award-Winner Darko Tresnjak Directs Hamlet

Zach Appelman Leads Distinguished Cast

HARTFORD, CT — August 22, 2014 — For his first directing project since winning the 2014 Tony Award, Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak will helm Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, playing only four weeks, from October 16 to November 16, at Hartford Stage. Hamlet follows three popular Shakespearean productions in the last two years by Tresnjak: The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and last season’s Macbeth.

Zach Appelman (Broadway’s War Horse, Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title role in Henry V at the Folger Theatre) will tackle the title role. Appelman is a graduate of Yale School of Drama. His recent TV and film appearances include “Sleepy Hollow,” “Homeland,” “Black Box,” and the film version of Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Tresnjak said, “Shakespeare’s most famous play is both a bold theatrical thriller and a literary masterpiece. It has captured the imagination of the world, on the page and on the stage, for over four centuries. I look forward to exploring Hamlet with this wonderful acting ensemble headed by Zach Appelman.”

In Hamlet, a Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge will get the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment.

Last spring Tresnjak earned the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Direction of a Musical for the Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which he debuted at Hartford Stage in 2012. “Inspired and hilarious,” according to The New York Times, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won a total of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman); and Best Costume Design for a Musical (Linda Cho).

In addition to Appelman, the cast includes Curtis Billings (The Crucible and A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas at Hartford Stage) as Rosencrantz; Kate Forbes (Macbeth at Hartford Stage and The School for Scandal on Broadway) as Gertrude; Edward James Hyland (Arcadia, The Price, and many more on Broadway) as Polonius; Floyd King (30-year regular at Washington, DC, theatres—recipient of five Helen Hayes Awards, plus 16 nominations) as Bernardo/Leading Player; Andrew Long (Shakespeare Theatre Company member, national tour of War Horse) as Claudius; Cliff Miller (The Tempest and Henry IV at Dallas Theatre Center) as Guildenstern; Anthony Roach (The Importance of Being Earnest and All’s Well That Ends Well at Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Laertes; James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way on Broadway, King Lear at Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Horatio; and Brittany Vicars, a recent graduate of The Julliard School, as Ophelia.

Hamlet’s creative team includes Tresnjak, Set Designer (set design for Macbeth last season at Harford Stage); Fabio Toblini, Costume Designer (The Tempest and Bell, Book and Candle at Hartford Stage); Matthew Richards, Lighting Designer (Twelfth Night and Macbeth at Hartford Stage); and Jane Shaw, Sound Designer (La Dispute and Macbeth at Hartford Stage last season).

Special Dates
Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16
Press Opening: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 22

The Production Sponsor for Hamlet is Travelers, and the Assisting Production Sponsor is Federman, Lally & Remis LLC. Hartford Stage’s production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
The 2014-15 Season is also sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

Special Events
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 21. Free.

LGBT Night Out
On Thursday, October 23, please join us for a pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at the bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. Event begins at 6:15 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain. The reception is free with purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance. Special guests will be the organizers of GLSEN CT (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).

AfterWords Discussions
Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday, October 28 and November 4, or the 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday, October 29. Free.

The Producer’s Table
On Thursday, October 30, Managing Director Mike Stotts will host a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. The backstage tour will begin at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain. Reservations required. Event tickets are $25. Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event, accessible only by stairs.

Tickets & Performances
Performances October 16 to November 16
Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun at 7:30 p.m.—Fri, Sat at 8 p.m.—Sat, Sun at 2 p.m.
Wed matinee at 2 p.m. on October 29 only
Weekly schedules vary. For details, visit

Season subscriptions begin at $125 and include six shows: Ether Dome by Elizabeth Egloff; Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Darko Tresnjak; Private Lives by Noël Coward, directed by Darko Tresnjak; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez, directed by Maxwell Williams; Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder; and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Darko Tresnjak.

Tickets for all shows start at $25. For group discounts (10 or more) of up to 40% off regular ticket prices, contact Theresa MacNaughton at 860-520-7114.

For tickets, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

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Now in our 51st year, Hartford Stage is one of the nation’s leading resident theatres, known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 68 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.In 2011, Darko Tresnjak became only the fifth artistic director to lead Hartford Stage. Since then the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Darko; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; and Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Managing Director Michael Stotts, has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including its first Tony Award in 1988 for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans’ Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger’s Children; and Tea at Five.



4 Stars From Broadway’s Original JERSEY BOYS Cast Reunite For ‘60s Celebration at Palace Theater

They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time, and now on their fifth national tour, THE MIDTOWN MEN perform their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Four Seasons and more at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the one-of-a-kind concert experience, sponsored by Ion Bank, are$65, $55, $45 and $35 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online, or in person at the box office, 100 East Main Street.


Before the performance,Riverhouse Catering will prepare a 6 p.m. three-course dinner in the Palace’s Poli Club, located on the mezzanine level of the theater. Dinner is $40 per member/ $50 per non-member, which includes tax, service fees, coffee, and tea. A cash bar is also available. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made when purchasing tickets through the Box Office.


Formed in 2007, THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Following their storied run on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer have been selling out venues coast to coast bycelebrating the music that defined the ’60s with top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry.


These talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances, and now, as THE MIDTOWN MEN, they have thrilled crowds on concert stages and symphony halls across the continent and have delighted television audiences with performances on “Good Morning America,” “Access Hollywood,” “Katie,” and “The Chew.” The Men recently released their first radio single, “All Alone On Christmas,” written and produced by rock icon and Sopranos and Lilyhammer star Steven Van Zandt and backed by Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. They were honored to perform the song at the White House for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington DC.


The past few years have been a whirlwind for critically-acclaimed quartet. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages at their performances, but their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits, was met with critical acclaim and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic ‘60s hits as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” “Candy Girl” and more. It is once again a testament to what THE MIDTOWN MEN do best; helping keep iconic music alive from the ‘60s in the 21st century while giving it a new “twist.”


For more information on THE MIDTOWN MEN, visit or

Elm Shakespeare 2014 Gala & Auction opens for bidding on August 14

The Elm Shakespeare 2014 Gala & Auction opens for bidding on August 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT Time.

Our auction supports  Free Shakespeare in the Park and Elm Shakespeare’s educational programs. This is an exciting and fun way to help Elm, and to win cool items!

We’ll be adding new items to our auction for you to preview as the auction date approaches. Check back often to see what’s new. Feel free to place a Watch on your favorites, so that you’ll know as soon as bidding begins!


8:00 PM
Edgerton Park
August 14-17, 19-24 and August 26-31

Gala and Auction
August 28, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Edgerton Park
For tickets and information visit

“100 Years Of Hal Roach Studios” Showcased at the Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum Laurel and Hardy

Golden Age of Hollywood Exhibit Runs July 5 – August 31

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Hollywood Museum unveils its new exhibit, 100 Years of Hal Roach Studios: Laurel & Hardy, ‘Our Gang’ and Harold Lloyd in honor of the Hollywood icon’s centennial, opening to the public July 5 to August 31.  The exhibit contains authentic photos, costumes and props from the rich history of Hal Roach Studios and the legendary talents that emanated from there in the early 1900s. Sons of the Desert, the International Laurel & Hardy Society, is co-sponsoring the exhibition in conjunction with their national convention, held July 2-6 in the heart of Hollywood. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. at Hollywood and Highland.

“We are so pleased to honor the 100th anniversary of the Hal Roach Studios with this special exhibit,” states Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of the Museum. “Everyone remembers the celebrated comedy team Laurel & Hardy who made famous the phrase ‘Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into,’ the legendary appeal of  ‘Our Gang’ and their famous dog Petey, and actor Harold Lloyd, one of the most famous and influential comedians of the great silent film era.”

Highlighting the exhibit are Laurel and Hardy costumes including suits worn in the 1945 film The Bull Fighters, coats worn in Jitterbugs (1943), the iconic Fez’s worn in Sons of the Desert (1933), Stan Laurel’s personal favorite Fedora, as well as props from Sons of the Desert and a flask from The Fighting Kentuckian (1949). There’s a plaque from Lake Laurel and Hardy (in Marietta, S.C.), including its mysterious history offered by the City of Los Angeles archives. Additional Laurel & Hardy ephemeras consist of film posters, rare photographs, scripts, sheet music, scrapbooks, personal photos and letters and Al Hirschfeld-designed window cards.

In addition to Laurel and Hardy, Hal Roach Studios brought to fame such actors as Harold Lloyd, the Our Gang kids (later known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach’s Rascals), bombshell actress Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and Charley Chase. Other performers who graduated from Roach comedies on their path to stardom were such actors as Jean Harlow, Janet Gaynor, Jean Arthur, Fay Wray, Paulette Goddard and Boris Karloff.

Sons of the Desert International Society is named after the 1933 feature film,” said Bob Saterfield, President of Sons of the Desert Society, and “is devoted to keeping the lives and works of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy before the public, with the strong desire to perpetuate their spirit and genius.”

Contributors to this exhibit include Dan Bacher, Richard Bann, Maria Carpenter, William Cassara, Amy Condit, Brad Farrell, Rick Greene, Richard Johnson, Chuck McCann, Mike and Carol Nemeth, Dave and Diane Reidy, Tyler St. Mark, Bob Satterfield, Cliff Sawyer and Randy Skretvedt.

Twitter: @HollywoodMuseum