Playwrights invited to submit scripts Theater: The National Playwrights Conference will accept new plays for 1999 through Dec. 1.

September 07, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC

For playwrights ready to see if their scripts will fly in the professional arena, the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., will be accepting submissions for its 1999 conference from Sept. 15 through Dec. 1.

In its three decades, the prestigious conference, which produces two staged readings of each selected script, has presented new work by such playwrights as John Guare, John Patrick Shanley, Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson.

Playwrights interested in submitting a script must obtain application information by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 (letter-sized) envelope to: Mary f. McCabe, Managing Director, National Playwrights Conference, 234 W. 44th St., Suite 901, New York, NY 10036.

New season for children

The Children's Theater Association is inaugurating its recently completed, handicapped-accessible classroom space with a new lineup of classes for ages 4-14. Fees are $90 for a 10-week KinderDrama course and $130 for 13-week courses in unarmed stage combat, creative drama, magic and a theater workshop for middle-schoolers. Class size ranges from 10 to 16 students. Classes begin Sept. 14 and will be held after school and Saturday mornings at the association's headquarters, 100 W. 22nd St. For more information, call 410-366-6403.

Haimes named to Livent

Todd Haimes, who guided Broadway's Roundabout Theater Company to its most successful season ever, has been named artistic director at Livent Inc., the troubled producer of such musicals as "Show Boat" and "Ragtime."

Haimes, 42, joins a theatrical organization in financial turmoil. Last month, Livent suspended company vice president Garth Drabinsky pending an investigation of alleged accounting irregularities that it said involved millions of dollars.

The Toronto-based Livent reported a loss of $30.9 million in 1997, and the figure could go even higher once another review of its financial records is completed, probably by October.

Associated Press

Pub Date: 9/07/98

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