Each year, the National Playwrights Conference is reconstituted from scratch.  Our first action is to invite writers from around the country, and indeed the globe, to send us their work.  This year 900 playwrights answered the call.  After months and months of reading and correspondence, seven new works were chosen to be developed at the conference.   If you haven't already seen the season,  please visit our 2012 Conference Page

We wish that we could offer support to all of the wonderful work we see through this selection process.  We've created this site as a small way to lend our voice of support to these writers and their work.  These plays rose through an anonymous and multi-tiered system with readers from The O'Neill family and our select Artistic Council.  If you love new plays, we recommend you take a careful look through this list as it is the top 38 out of 900, as we have no doubt that they represent some of the best playwriting in the country.  The diversity and craft in this group will surprise you!  

You can see the Full Finalist List.  Many of our finalists have filled out a profile, which may even include a full text of their work and their contact information! 

From time to time we will post good news about our finalists below. If you have news to share, please contact us.


Daniel Akiyama's A CAGE OF FIREFLIES at Sundance and Kumu Kahua

posted May 21, 2012, 1:47 PM by Literary Associate   [ updated May 21, 2012, 1:51 PM ]

Daniel Akiyama's A Cage of Fireflies will be developed this July at the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort. Phyllis S.K. Look will direct, and Mame Hunt will serve as dramaturg. See the Sundance Announcement

The play will also receive its world premiere at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu, Hawai‘i on January 24, 2013!

 For more information, visit  Kumu Kahuas 42nd Season Announcement.

Check out Daniel's finalist profile HERE

Nastaran Ahmadi's EXILE at The Wild Project this Friday May 18th

posted May 16, 2012, 7:23 AM by Literary Associate   [ updated May 16, 2012, 7:32 AM ]

Nastaran Ahmadi's Exile, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, will receive a reading at Playwrights Realm this Friday May 18th at 7pm @ The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, New York NY.) Robin Weigert, Erin Buckley, Aysan Celik, Peter Bradbury and Nick Choksistar star.

An Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone. In Exile, loyalties shift quickly, and staying alive is the only way to win.

Check out her Finalist profile:  Exile by Nastaran Ahmadi

‎For more information, visit  Playwrights Realm 

GUAPA by Caridad Svitch to get a rolling world premiere

posted May 15, 2012, 8:14 AM by Lexy Leuszler, Literary Manager   [ updated May 16, 2012, 7:33 AM by Literary Associate ]

Caridad Svitch's GUAPA  will receive three productions through the National New Play Network’s Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2012/13 season, the Network’s 15th. Guapa will begin its Rolling World Premiere at Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ, October 5 – 21), followed by performances at Miracle Theatre Group (Portland, OR, March 22 – April 13) and Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN, spring dates TBA).

For more information, visit the NNPN's website.

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