Friday, June 22, 2012

Music Theater Conference Continues at O'Neill


The National Music Theater Conference, Artistic Director Paulette Haupt, continues June 25 – July 1, with rehearsals and public staged readings of three new musicals.

A Good Man, book and lyrics by Philip S. Goodman; music by Ray Leslee will open its first of four public staged readings on Saturday evening, June 30 at 8pm. Set after World War II, A Good Man tells the story of Albert Clayton, a black sharecropper, who decides to paint his tenant house white causing an uproar in his rural Mississippi town. He struggles with a desperate wife, a frightened landlord, a sexy sister-in-law, and a furious town. The show will be directed by Jerry Dixon with music direction by William Foster McDaniel and feature performances Terence Archie, Ta’rea Campbell, Tina Fabrique, Antwuan Holley, Anastasia McClesky, Jacob Ming-Trent, Andrew Samonsky, Don Lee Sparks, and Dennis Stowe.

When We Met, book by Dan Collins with music and lyrics by Julianne Wick Davis, will wrap up with its third and final reading this Sun., June 24 at 3pm. String, book written by Sarah Hammond with lyrics and music by Adam Gwon, will perform its final readings Wed., June 27 at 8pm and Fri. June 29 at 7pm.

Theatermakers, the six-week summer intensive of the National Theater Institute, will also present original work on Monday, June 25 at 7pm. The performance is free and open to the public.

All performances take place at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385. Schedule is subject to change. Tickets for the National Music Theater Conference performances may be purchased online at www.theoneill.org or through the box office at (860) 443-1238.

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