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Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville, California

10 September 2022 - 25 September 2022


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Each autumn the town of Danville in Tri-Valley, California hosts the Eugene O’Neill Festival to celebrate the works of America’s premier playwright and Nobel prize winner.

Sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, the festival is held in the Tao House where Eugene O’Neill and his wife Carlotta lived from 1937 to 1944.

The festival features works by O’Neill, his contemporaries and those influenced by him, as well as a concert, hike and historical walk.

Tao House

Tao House
Eugene O’Neill’s home at Tao House, Danville

The couple bought the property in Las Trampas Hills with money the author received for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. There they built Tao House.

It was in these peaceful environs that O’Neill wrote his greatest plays, including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten and A Touch of the Poet.

Tao House and its grounds were saved from developers in the mid-1970s by a local group leading to the creation of the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, which is now preserved by the National Park Service. The house has exhibitions and regular tours.

Old Barn
The Old Barn, Tao House in the background

When is the Eugene O’Neill Festival 2022?

The festival is from 10 to 25 September.

Eugene O’Neill Festival Programme

This year, will see a performance of O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten at Tao House, from 10 to 25 September. Further detail can be found here. Tickets cost $60 and are availablehere.

the current cast of Long Day's Journey Into Night - photo credit John Carter
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2019 Festival) – photo credit John Carter (also cover photo)

Further details of all the events can be found here.

Danville is part of the Tri-Valley, a short drive from San Francisco. Read more about the area in Mark Bibby Jackson’s Fine Tuning in Tri-Valley California.

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Further information on the Eugene O’Neill Festival

Can be found here


10 September 2022
25 September 2022


Tao House
Danville,CA94526-0402United States+ Google Map
Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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