Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Now Accepting Submissions for Young Playwrights Festival

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Waterford, CT - The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for its 9th Annual Young Playwrights Festival to be held May 9 - 11, 2014. Following the festival's great success over the past eight years, the O'Neill will again work with local high school and middle school students to develop and stage readings of selected original one-act plays. Scripts will be accepted through February 24, 2014.

Students begin working Friday, May 9 and spend the weekend with their creative team made up of a director, dramaturg and actors to develop and stage their scripts. The development process draws on principles and techniques used during the O'Neill's renowned National Playwrights Conference. With these methods, the students will hone their work, furthering it from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play.

"Our hope with the Young Playwrights Festival is to help foster the voices of the future by giving young writers the same nurturance and respect as our professional playwrights receive during the summer conferences," says Sophia Chapadjiev, Director of Education and of the Young Playwrights Festival, "We are happy to continue our Guest Playwright and Observership Program which allows an even greater number of students to be involved."

Selected students can expect a rigorous exploration of their work, assistance from professional artists, full rehearsals with their artistic team, and opportunities to revise their play. The Festival concludes with a script-in-hand public reading of the students' work on Sunday, May 11.

Plays will be selected on a competitive basis. Submission requirements are as follows:
Students between the ages of 12 - 18 are eligible for the Festival.
Students must submit ten to fifteen pages of original work.
An application with a completEd Checklist and two copies of the scripts must be received by February 24, 2014.
Only the work of those able to attend the entire festival, May 9 - 11, 2014, will be considered for inclusion.

Submissions should be sent to:
Young Playwrights Festival
c/o Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
305 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT 06385

To receive an application, or for more information about the Young Playwrights Festival, please visit the Young Playwrights Festival's website at or contact Sophia Chapadjiev, Festival Director, at

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About the O'Neill:

Founded in 1964, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 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 the National Theater Institute (NTI). NTI offers intensive theater training programs for academic credit, including the Moscow Art Theater Semester (MATS), a semester of study abroad, as well as the six-week summer program Theatermakers.

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.

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