Eugene O'Neill

Plays by Eugene O'Neill

audio Anna Christie

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

"The passion of a coal barge captain’s daughter and a rough-hewn sailor takes a tumultuous turn when her secret past is revealed. Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill won the second of his four Pulitzer Prizes for this heroic classic.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance starring:

Stacy Keach as Chris Christopherson

Alison Elliot as Anna Christopherson

Dwier Brown as Mat Burke

Scott Lowell as Larry

Alley Mills as Marthy Owen"

Featuring: Stacy Keach, Alison Elliott, Alley Mills, Dwier Brown, Maurice Chase, Scott Lowell

audio Desire Under the Elms

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Eugene O’ Neill’s tale of Ephraim Cabot, greedy and hard like the stone walls that surround his farm, the family patriarch brings home his new young bride, Abbie. His grown sons disapprove; one leaves but the other stays to fight for the family fortune. What follows is a tragedy of epic proportions.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Paul Adelstein, Orson Bean, Amy Brenneman, Dwier Brown, Maurice Chasse and Charlie Kimball.

Featuring: Paul Adelstein, Orson Bean, Amy Brenneman, Dwier Brown, Maurice Chasse, Charlie Kimball

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) is often regarded as the first serious and distinctive voice in American drama. His father, James O'Neill, was a touring actor, and Eugene was born in a Broadway hotel. He attended Princeton University for one year but dropped out to become a seaman, after which he led an itinerant existence in Europe and South America. During this period he became an alcoholic, attempting suicide on at least one occasion. While recovering from tuberculosis at a sanatorium in 1912 he began to write melodramas as part of his 'rebirth'. O'Neill's first work to be produced was the one-act nautical drama Bound East for Cardiff staged by the experimental Provincetown Players in Massachusetts in 1916. The group established the Playwrights' Theatre in New York later that year and continued to produce his plays. His first full-length work, Beyond the Horizon, opened in 1920 at Broadway's Morosco Theatre and won a Pulitzer Prize. Three more Pulitzers were awarded for Anna Christie (1922), Strange Interlude (1928), and the autobiographical Long Day's Journey Into Night (posthumously awarded in 1957). He received the Nobel Prize in 1936. Other full-length plays include Desire Under the Elms, about the love-hate relationship between a New England farmer and his son, Mourning Becomes Electra (1931), a reworking of Aeschylus's Orestia, Ah! Wilderness (1933), his only comedy, and The Iceman Cometh (1946), an emotionally charged drama of profound disillusion. O'Neill's tragic outlook on life may well have stemmed from the grim family bachground depicted in Long Day's Journey Into Night; it was undoubtedly exacerbated by his three disastrous marriages and the problems he had with his children. He was devastated by the suicide of his eldest son, Eugene, and furious when his daughter, Oonagh, married Charlie Chaplin, who was O'Neill's contemporary. During his last years, O'Neill was crippled by Parkinson's disease. He died, as he had been born, in a hotel. from Jonathan Law, ed., The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre (London, 2011).