O'Neill Executive Director
The O'Neill, Whiteway said, created a new model in the theater world and "revolutionized the American theater and the way a play was prepared for full production." Here, writers could work on their plays with esteemed professionals; they would explore, ask questions and see staged readings in front of audiences. And the O'Neill mission has remained the same over the years: "To discover, nurture, and support new work and new artists in the bold tradition of America's greatest dramatist,
Entertainment at the gala, naturally, showcased work from each of the center's vaunted conferences.
While the gala was still running at deadline, it was scheduled to include a scene from "Moon for the Misbegotten" performed by
Beyond the performances, the O'Neill's current expansion was a happy topic for the center's leaders. Board Chairman
Being built on campus: seven new dormitory cottages, creating living spaces for 65 students, artists and faculty; a laundry building; and a new rehearsal hall. In addition, existing buildings will be renovated to create more rehearsal space.
The expanded dorm space will allow for the O'Neill to create a new program it has wanted to establish for a while: a musical theater version of its
One of the new cottages, too, will be used for artist residencies during the winter.
Viertel said that the O'Neill will be able to lead the American theater in the next 50 years as it has done for the last 50 and that the center is "on the cusp of an incredibly exciting time."
She added, "It feels like you're home. When you come back, that's how you're greeted."
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