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Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville, California
September 25 - September 26
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.
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.
When is the Eugene O’Neill Festival 2021?
The festival is from 25 to 26 September, although there are other events at other times in the year.
The 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival Programme
This year, will see a performance of O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon at Tao House, from 25 to September. Further detail can be found here.
On 30 September, Eugene O’Neill: 51 Plays in 51 Minutes will be led by EONF Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes.
There will also be two free guided walks: A Guided Downtown Historic Walk on 18 September, and A Hike to Tao House on 2 October.
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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