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Title The O'Neill : the transformation of modern American theater / Jeffrey Sweet ; photographs edited by Preston Whiteway ; forewords by Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]


 Main Stacks  PN2277.W4742 S94 2014    AVAILABLE
Description xv, 319 pages ; 29 cm
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Text in English.
Subject Eugene O'Neill Theater Center -- History.
Theaters -- Connecticut -- Waterford -- History -- 20th century.
Theaters -- Connecticut -- Waterford -- History -- 21st century.
Contents Beginnings -- Finding the way -- White & Richards -- National Theater of the Deaf -- Critics and what to do with them -- National Theater Institute -- National Playwrights Conference -- the Richards years -- August Wilson in Waterford -- Cabaret and performance conference -- National Music Theater Conference -- National Puppetry Conference -- Changing of the guard -- National Playwrights Conference -- The Goldberg years -- Beyond Waterford -- O'Neill & The O'Neill -- The O'Neill today & tomorrow -- Bibliographic essay.
Summary As the old ways of the commercial theatre were dying and American playwriting was in crisis, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center arose as a midwife to new plays and musicals, introducing some of the most exciting talents of our time (including August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, and Christopher Durang) and developing works that went on to win Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards. Along the way, it collaborated with then-unknown performers (like Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Courtney Vance, and Angela Bassett) and inspired Robert Redford in his creation of the Sundance Institute. This is the story of a theatrical laboratory, a place that transformed American theatre, film and television.