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Long Day's Journey into Night was written in 1940 but not staged until 1956, after O'Neill's death. Unashamedly autobiographical, it is, as he puts it himself in the dedicatory note, 'a play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood', a harrowing attempt to understand himself and his family.
Eugene O'Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel
Prize in Literature. He completed "The Iceman Cometh" in 1939, but
he delayed production until after the war, when it enjoyed a long
run of performances in 1946 after receiving mixed reviews. Three
years after O'Neill's death, Jason Robards starred in a Broadway
revival that brought new critical attention to O'Neill's darkest
and most nihilistic play. In the half century since, "The Iceman
Cometh" has gained enormously in stature, and many critics now
recognize it as one of the greatest plays in American drama. "The
Iceman Cometh" focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who
endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, and Hickey, the
traveling salesman determined to strip them of their pipe dreams.
Into a waterfront bar, full of life's failures, subsisting solely on their dreams, comes Hickey with his urge to make them face the truth. This play, first staged in 1946, is written by the author of Anna Christie and Strange Interlude, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.
Josie, a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father. Together, they're a formidable force as they scrape together a livelihood. But Josie's softer side is exposed through her love of Jim Tyrone, her father's drinking buddy - a third-rate actor whose dreams of stardom were washed away by alcohol. The companion pieces are "Long Day's Journey" and "The Iceman Cometh".
One of a series of plays by the Nobel Prize-winning dramatist, this was first staged in 1928. The play incorporates a stream-of-consciousness technique, numerous asides to express the unspoken thoughts of the characters, and draws on contemporary psychology.
Eugene O'Neill's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning play about love and forgiveness charts one woman's longing to forget the dark secrets of her past and hope for salvation. Exiled from her home by the Old Devil Sea to the inland plains, Anna Christie's life changed for ever at just five years of age. Fifteen years later, she is reunited with the father who sent her away, and sets sail in search of a new beginning. First staged in 1921, this edition was published alongside the 2011 revival at the Donmar Warehouse, London.
Powerful drama, rapidly shifting scenes describe fall of Brutus Jones, the self-proclaimed, plundering monarch of a West Indian island, whose flight into the jungle from rebellious subjects is plagued by ghosts and visions. Bold, expressionistic work established O'Neill as one of America's most important dramatists.
An affectionate and witty comedy of recollection from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. Seen as the bright and sunny reverse-image of Long Day's Journey into Night, Ah! Wilderness is a family-based saga set in the years just before the First World War. Richard Miller is deeply enamoured with his 'best girl', the pretty and pure Muriel. But when her cantankerous father finds out about their plans to spend Independence Day together, he demands that she write to him breaking off the whole thing. Richard is distraught, heartbroken, and seems about ready to knuckle under to strong liquor and fast women...Can his father Nat reach across the generation gap and bring his son back to the family - and Muriel? This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
Two powerful expressionist plays from the early career of one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. The Hairy Ape is a nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people. Robert 'Yank' Smith, an animalistic stoker, breaks free from his engine room confines when he is spurned by the glamorous society woman, Mildred Douglas. Looking to find his free self out in the 'real' world, Yank goes on the rampage ' but how much will his freedom cost him And is there really any such thing First staged at the Playwrights' Theater, New York, in March 1922. All God's Chillun Got Wings is a vigorous social commentary based around a violently dysfunctional mixed race marriage. Ella is the neurotically jealous white wife of Jim, a driven, charismatic black man. She sabotages his career, effectively destroying him, before her frenzy lapses into remorseless dependency. First performed in 1924 at the Provincetown Playhouse, New York, in a production starring Paul Robeson. This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology. 'A stark and forceful piece' - Exuent Magazine 'O'Neill's play is an existentialist rollercoaster powered by a poetry' - Time Out 'In a time of austerity and job losses the playwright's rant against the ruling classes, giving voice to the embittered working man, does not go amiss' - Londonist
Two compelling and thought provoking plays from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. Anna Christie Eugene O'Neill's epic Pulitzer Prize winning play about love and forgiveness charts one woman's longing to forget the dark secrets of her past and hope for salvation. Exiled from her home by the Old Devil Sea to the inland plains, Anna Christie's life changed for ever at just five years of age. Fifteen years later, she is reunited with the father who sent her away, and sets sail in search of a new beginning. Anna Christie was first staged at the Vanderbilt Theater, New York, in November 1921. Its first London production was at the Strand Theatre in April 1923. The Emperor Jones An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator's flight from his oppressed subjects. Brutus Jones rules his island's citizens from his opulent palace with tyrannical ease ' until the day that they all disappear. They have retreated to the hills, following their former native leader Lem, and plan to revolt. It is time for the Emperor to make good his escape. The Emperor Jones was first performed at the Playwrights' Theater, New York, in November 1920. Its UK premiere was at the Ambassadors' Theatre, London, in September 1925. This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology. 'The first serious American play about black experience... a historic landmark and a shattering piece of theatre' - Guardian on 'The Emperor Jones' 'There is a raw vigour and humanity in Anna Christie that few other dramatists can match' - Telegraph on 'Anna Christie' 'O'Neill is like an American Shakespeare, the father of American drama' - New York Times
A long-form poem of negation and egoism, of scorn and cynical
This 1922 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from O'Neill's early career concerns the reunion of a barge captain and his daughter after 20 years. The father's disaffection for the seafaring life and the daughter's love for a sailor elicit a shocking confession. Students and enthusiasts of modern theater will prize this inexpensive edition of a moving drama of social realism.
Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play Long Day's Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work. First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since sold more than one million copies. This edition, which includes a new foreword by Harold Bloom, coincides with a new production of the play starring Brian Dennehy, which opens in Chicago in January 2002 and in New York in April. "By common consent, Long Day's Journey into Night is Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece. . . . The helplessness of family love to sustain, let alone heal, the wounds of marriage, of parenthood, and of sonship, have never been so remorselessly and so pathetically portrayed, and with a force of gesture too painful ever to be forgotten by any of us."-Harold Bloom, from the foreword "Only an artist of O'Neill's extraordinary skill and perception can draw the curtain on the secrets of his own family to make you peer into your own. Long Day's Journey into Night is the most remarkable achievement of one of the world's greatest dramatists."-Jose Quintero "The play is an invaluable key to its author's creative evolution. It serves as the Rosetta Stone of O'Neill's life and art."-Barbara Gelb "The definitive edition of a `play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood,' as O'Neill described it in dedicating it to his wife, Carlotta."-Boston Globe
Two plays from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, developed and conceived in tandem, drawing on the raw experience of the author's own family relationships.
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), reconocido como el iniciador del teatro norteamericano, fue el primero en recoger las tendencias de la dramaturgia europea y crear un estilo propio y personal. Sin duda es Largo viaje hacia la noche, la obra mas acabada de O'Neill. En ella los elemetos formales y estructurales que constituyen el original modo de hacer de este autor encuentran su expresion mas perfecta. El propio O'Neill dijo de ella que era la mejor obra que habia escrito.
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