Four new musicals -- "When We Met," "String," "A Good Man" and "The ToyMaker" -- have been selected for the 2012 National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford this summer.
"When We Met" has a book by Dan Collins, lyrics and music by Julianne Wick Davis; and created in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther, (Performances June 20, 8 p.m.; June 22, 7 p.m.; June 24, 3 p.m.
Show is described: "When We Met is a story about two comfortably single, middle-aged people who reluctantly meet on a blind date. Their encounter throws all their certainty about being alone into question. In a world that pits theory against faith, When We Met explores how a quantum physicist and animal communicator struggle to understand one of the greatest intangibles of all: love."
"String" has a book by Sarah Hammond, lyrics and music by Adam Gwon. (Performances: June 23, 8 p.m.; June 24, 7 p.m.; June 27, 8 p.m.; June 29, 7 p.m.
Show is described: "A workaholic Greek god gets tangled up with a security guard in the basement of the tallest building in the world. One mistake leads to another - a lost pair of scissors, a kiss, a stolen string - and soon Atropos is breaking her own rules to offer forever to an ordinary man. Can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original musical about the three Fates in the modern city."
"A Good Man" has a book and lyrics by Philip S. Goodman, music by Ray Leslee. (Performances: June 30, 8 p.m.; July 1, 3 p.m.; July 3, 8 p.m.; July 6, 7 p.m.
Show is described: "Just after World War II in rural Mississippi, Albert Clayton, a black sharecropper, decides to paint his tenant house white, and his world turns upside down. He struggles with a desperate wife, a frightened landlord, a sexy sister-in-law, and a furious, closed-minded town."
"The ToyMaker" has book, lyrics, and music by Bryan Putnam (Performances: July 7, 8 p.m.; July 8, 3 p.m.;July 11, 8 p.m.; July 13, 7 p.m.
Show is described: "A tale of enduring passion and hope, The ToyMaker tells the story of Sarah Meeks, a young woman who is struggling in her marriage after two failed pregnancies. Rumors of a childless toy maker of the past set her on a desperate search for the last toy made by this man. Thus begins a journey that spans the globe and time itself. Sarah's quest to find the 'childless toy' and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible.
Under the leadership of artistic director Paulette Haupt, each work will undergo the O’Neill’s development process for the 35th annual conference, using professional actors, directors, and music directors in an intensive series of rehearsals, discussions, and public readings.
A total of 167 music theater works were received through an open submissions process, which allows any writer or composer to submit regardless of agent representation. The process utilizes readers from around the country to evaluate and recommend promising projects.
Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference (NMTC) has developed and presented more than 100 musical works, including Mario Fratti and Maury Yeston’s Nine, developed at the O’Neill in 1979, which won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score in 1982, and for Best Revival of a Musical in 2003; Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez, and Jeff Marx’s Avenue Q, developed at the O’Neill in 2002, which won three Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical; and In the Heights, a 2005 NMTC project, which received the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Musical when it played off-Broadway in 2007, and four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The Conference runs from June 20 through July 13 on the O’Neill’s campus.
Information: Box Office (860-443-1238) and online ticket sales begin June 8; advance ticket sales are available to O’Neill Members beginning May 16. www.theoneill.org.