Dan O'NeilCore Apprentices 2011
Dan O'Neil is a writer for stage and screen whose plays include The Wind Farmer, Dionysus at the Summer Olympics, Baggage, and kite&mountain along with numerous others. His work has been produced or developed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Great Plains Theater Conference, Red Eye Theater, Bedlam Theater, Commedia Beauregard, Minnesota Fringe Festival and by Lamb Lays with Lion Co. (all MN), Links Hall (IL), Barter Theater (Virginia), Centre Theater (South Carolina), through ARTICULTURE (Commission Project, PA), and on the main stage at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a two- time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Screenwriting Award (totaling $27,000), winner of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award, and was a finalist for the Global Age Project in 2010 and the Woodward/Newman Drama award in 2011. Dan is a founding member of the art/ theater collective Lamb Lays with Lion. He holds a B.A. in performance from the University of Minnesota and an M.F.A in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Desolation In AmericaDescription
McBushAnother Fiction (or) A Second Opinion
The first production of The Players of Notorious Temerity, McBush was produced at the 4th Street Theater in St. Paul MN, October 2004.
The Swiss InvastionDescription
The Swiss Invasion combines two on-leave American soldiers on a train between Montana & Minnesota and the short-lived accidental invasion of Lichtenstein by the Swiss Army in 2007.
What happens if the world changes the day before you set out to change it?
Baggage, a one act on the art of Travel and Amtrak, was first performed in 2005 following a 24-hour Theater event at the University of Minnesota. Subsequent productions of Baggage include the 2006 Fringe Festival, and at Burnsville High School (Competitive One Act) in 2008.
MARLIN :What is your name then, my partner of the sight seeing car?
JACK: (softly, after a slight moment of thought) Jack.
MARLIN: (points) And is that your bag, Jack?
JACK: I’m not sure.
MARLIN: The bag at which I am pointing, Jack.
JACK: I’m not sure. I picked it up somewhere. I don’t know whose it is.
MARLIN: Yeah? Yeah? Jack’s got someone elses baggage? Hah! That’s very good!
(MARLIN spins in his seat, excited. The GIRL stares out over the landscape, half asleep.)
On A Clear NightDescription
Consider, listeners, the human brain. Made up of, made of cells called neurons, which exchange electronic transactions…. Neurons that function in the same way as the World Wide Web, my friends. The brain is made up of one hundred billion neurons, they Say. They. Say. Who knows. They do. We’ll have to take their word for it, but they don’t have an answer for CONSIOUSNESS. They don’t know. One hundred billion connections, They Say. That’s what it takes. But they don’t know. We can only spec-u-late.
Three billion web pages times one thousand million people per day. Do the math. You can’t do that kind of math. I’ll do it for you. Three billion… That’s nine zeros, multiplied by another billion, that’s what one thousand million means, it’s a billion, and the number you get. Listeners. The number is astronomical. Quadrillions. Of potential connections. And this number is growing, my friends, this number is growing every day. How. Many. Connections. Does. It. Take. How many will it take to achieve collective consciousness?
At what point. In this Galaxy, at which moment, soon, will the Internet Wake Up?
MAX AM 890, back after this.