Eugene O’Neill Theater Center a Launch Pad for Theater Greats

From Brooklyn NY1:august wilson23

Broadway producer Tom Viertel of “Hairspray” and “The Producers” fame serves as the institution’s Chairman of the Board. He spoke to me about one of the organization’s alums—a writer discovered through the center’s open submission policy.

“He had no representation, nobody had ever heard of him, and he came and developed the play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” It was August Wilson, and he went on to develop six of his 10 plays at the O’Neill,” says Viertel.


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