O'Neill's Cabaret & Performance Conference Begins With Opening Ceremonies

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The Cabaret & Performance Conference, led by artistic director Michael Bush, will present the first five of ten nights of new work featuring world-class entertainers. The Conference will begin August 3 at 8pm with the 2011 Cabaret Opening Ceremonies & Preview, which is free and open to the public. Next up is Amanda McBroom, an accomplished performer/songwriter perhaps most famous for the song "The Rose", performing August 4 at 8pm. The following evening, August 5, Penny Fuller's one-woman show, Penny Fuller: Lost and Found, will perform at 8pm.

The Cabaret & Performance Conference?s 2011 Cabaret Fellows Evening One will take place August 6 at 8pm, and will showcase the talents of a diverse group of selected Fellows as they hone their craft over the course of the Conference. Finally, on Sunday, August 7 at 6pm, the 2nd Annual O?Neill Follies will present an evening in two acts featuring Joel Silberman, Euan Morton, Alan Harris, Amanda McBroom, Andre DeShields, Gretchen Reinhagen, and the one-and-only Lillian Montevecchi. Pre-order a picnic dinner at the Box Office and dine on the beautiful grounds of the O?Neill between the two acts. All Cabaret & Performance Conference performances take place in the O'Neill's Dina Merrill Theater.

Amanda McBroom, Penny Fuller: Lost and Found, and 2011 Cabaret Fellows Evening One will be followed by open mic sessions hosted by artistic director Michael Bush.

All performances take place at the O'Neill, 305 Great Neck Road in Waterford, Connecticut. Schedule is subject to change. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theoneill.org or through the box office at 860.443.1238. Discounted tickets are available for O'Neill Members, for more information, email Membership@theoneill.org or call 860-443-5378 x211.

The O'Neill is the country's preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. The O'Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and 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.

O'Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, the Cabaret & Performance Conference, and the National Theater Institute, which conducts semester-long intensive theater training programs as well as Theatermakers, a six-week summer program.

The O'Neill also owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage, boyhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill and setting for his plays Ah Wilderness! and Long Day?s Journey Into Night. The museum is a registered National Historic Landmark and is open to the public during the summer season.

In addition to its Tony recognition, the O'Neill has received the National Opera Award, the Jujamcyn Award for Theatre Excellence, and the Arts and Business Council Encore Award. For more information, visit www.theoneill.org or email theaterlives@theoneill.org.


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