The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford has announced the eight plays that will developed as part of this summer's conference. They are:
• “Bird in the Hand” by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, 8 p.m. July 5 and 7. A comedy about a young Cuban man tied in knots by romantic complications, the specter of SATs and the fading flamingos in Miami.
• “Air Conditioning” by Tommy Smith, 8 p.m. July 6 and 5 p.m. July 8. A darkly comic look at the dangers of meeting up with old friends when the rich are rich and the poor are desperate.
•“1001” by Jason Grote, 8 p.m. July 12 and 14. “Arabian Nights” meets “Manhattan” as a love story unfolds inside a troubling political fantasy.
•“The Little Flower of East Orange” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, 8 p.m. July 13 and 5 p.m. July 15.In a New York City hospital a woman, identity unknown, goes in and out of consciousness. In prison, her son tries to figure out how she got there.
•“The K of D” by Laura Schellhardt, 8 p.m. July 19 and 21. The truth is, Charlotte's brother kissed her on the lips before he died. The legend is, now everything she kisses also dies.
•“False Creeds” by Darren Canady, 8 p.m. July 20 and 5 p.m. July 22. While uncovering the source of his supernatural visions, a tormented young African-American man discovers his own family's connection to one of American history's most horrific events.
•“The Exchange” by Ursula Rani Sarma, 8 p.m. July 28 and 3 p.m. July 30. In a small post office in the west of Ireland, one man struggles to let go of the past and, with the help of his daughters, to move into the future. “The Exchange” Comes to the O'Neill as part of an exchange with the Abbey Theatre in Ireland.
There will also be a Theater for Youth Project, “The Tale” by Tommy Smith, 7 p.m. July 16. A musical comedy that's a zany look at the lives of the gods on Mount Olympus. Written for grades 5-9.
Tickets will be on sale beginning June 15. Call 443-1238.