“Chronological professional productions of all 50 O'Neill works, scheduled to end on Dec. 10, 2036, the 100th anniversary of O'Neill's Nobel Prize." -
IMAGE: BEFORE BREAKFAST
PERFORMANCES & PROGRAMS
The mission of Playwrights Theater of New York is "to explore the life and plays of Eugene O'Neill to inspire new work." This exploration is built on our flagship project of presenting O’Neill’s 50-play canon, 21 to date, as THE O'NEILLFEST SERIES.
O'NEILLFEST highlights have included three premieres: Bread and Butter, The Personal Equation (w/Ralph Waite) and Now I Ask You (w/Marian Seldes) The New York Times has called our series “a noble effort” and The Wall Street Journal has called our performances “a large and intelligent achievement.”
The series is now on hold as we create an audio archive of plays previously staged in our series, from O’Neill’s first play, A Wife for a Life, to his 21st,Beyond the Horizon, to mark the centennial of O’Neill’s Broadway debut with that play in 2020.
THE O'NEILLFEST SERIES
was announced with a staged reading of Long Day's Journey Into Night at Broadway's Roundabout Theatre w/Julie Harris, Philip Bosco, Peter Gallagher, Tom McCamus and
Allison Janney with remarks by Arthur Miller and Barbara Gelb.
The production series commenced soon after as follows:
A Wife for a Life (1913)
The Web (1913)
Bread and Butter (1914)
Bound East for Cardiff (1914)
The Movie Man (1914)
The Sniper (1915)
The Personal Equation (1915)
Before Breakfast (1916)
Now I Ask You (1916)
w/Marian Seldes, Kathleen Chalfant and Phyllis Newman
w/Marian Seldes and Brian Murray
In the Zone (1917)
w/Frank Wood, Harris Yulin and Brian Murray
The Long Voyage Home (1917)
The Moon of the Caribbees (1917)
The Rope (1918)
Beyond the Horizon (1918)
THE PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER FORUM - Liam Neeson has been a guest in The Playwrights Theater Forum. First inaugurated as Jose Quintero’s historic lecture series in 1998, other memorable Forums have since included an evening written and narrated by O’Neill biographer Barbara Gelb that featured Zoe Caldwell and Marian Seldes, O'NEILL: A PLAYWRIGHT AND HIS MOTHER
THE O’NEILL REVUE – The O’Neill Ragtime Revue is a musical primer on O'Neill that features his poetry and letters as interwoven with songs heard in his plays. Here is a link to a performance featuring cabaret artists Steve Ross, KT Sullivan and featuring the Yale Society of Orpheus and Bacchus: CLICK FOR YALE PERFORMANCE OF O'NEILL REVUE.
O’NEILL PLAY COMPETITION - The O'Neill Competition was founded by Playwrights Theater at Yale and is ongoing there. Now targeting playwrights from colleges nation-wide, The Playwrights Theater O’Neill Studio will soon launch The O’Neill Sonic Play Competition. This audio play competition is based on the model developed by Playwrights Theater at Yale in which one annual “focal play” from our sequential O’Neill series served as the inspiration for new stage plays by Yale students.
For The O'Neill Sonic Play Competition, playwrights 18-25 nationally will write new audio plays inspired by the annual focal work by O’Neill, whose plays are rich with music and poignant sound effects. Competition guidelines will be made available on this site on January 1, 2020.