Our Mission

The mission of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, is to celebrate and promote the vision and legacy of Eugene O'Neill, America's foremost playwright.


To achieve its mission, the foundation collaborates with the National Park Service in restoring and preserving Tao House, providing for future generations a memorial that:

  • Perpetuates the vision of Eugene O'Neill
  • Provides artistic and educational programs which focus on Eugene
    O'Neill's contribution to theatre in America and the world.
  • Maintains a research library which collects, preserves and exhibits
    books, photos and artifacts related to Eugene O'Neill and the American theatre.

Tao House is located in Danville, California, at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, a National Park Service unit.


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For almost 47 years the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, has promoted and honored the legacy of the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. We're the largest producer of Eugene O'Neill's plays in the United States.

Working with the National Park Service, the O'Neill Foundation annually sustains educational and performance programs at Tao House in Danville, including Student Days, the O'Neill Studio Retreat, the Travis Bogard Artist-in Residence program, and the annual Eugene O'Neill Festival.

We depend entirely on community support to maintain our programs, and receive no financial program support from the federal government. Donors like you make it happen.

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Beyond the Horizon

O’Neil’s first Pulitzer Prize play scheduled for Playwrights’ Theatre on January 9 & 10

Beyond the Horizon

The play that put Eugene O’Neill on the map is scheduled for a staged reading in January.  Beyond the Horizon, the 1920 play that opened the door of Broadway to O’Neill, will be presented  by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation on Saturday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley (205 Railroad Avenue, Danville).

UPDATE: The Sunday performance is sold out. Please join us on Saturday.

Limited seating is available, and tickets at $25 per person may be purchased by CLICKING HEREBeyond the Horizon is the follow-up to the O’Neill Festival’s sold-out run in September of Desire Under the Elms.

Beyond the Horizon was O’Neill first full length play, and opened on Broadway in February, 1920. The playwright was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize for Drama the same year.

This play as O’Neill’s first serious attempt at telling the story of a poet/dreamer struggling to balance his dreams with the responsibilities of life,” says Foundation artistic program chair Eric Fraisher Hayes.  The play follows the lives of two brothers who grew up on a family farm. They spend their lives, each in a different way, seeking their own dreams  in a world “beyond the horizon.”  This theme was revisited by O’Neill in Desire Under the Elms a few years later where the two Cabot sons look to the light on the horizon and the better life it would bring.

CLICK HERE to order tickets online, or (925) 820-1818


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