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20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival

One Festival, Two Countries

Welcome to the 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville
and the 2nd Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland
 
Danville, CA: August 30-September 29, 2019
New Ross, Ireland: October 9 – 13, 2019 with extended tour October 12 – 20
The 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville:
“Haunted Poets”

 

The Danville festival will feature two plays – Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie – an Irish music concert, a guided hike to Tao House, a historic guided walk of O’Neill’s Danville and an O’Neill exhibit at the Danville library.

Haunted Poets

All of us wrestle with our demons. The choices we’ve made or the people we’ve hurt or who hurt us follow us throughout our lives. Often these painful episodes involve those closest to us. A great writer is one who finds a way to tell the story of these struggles in such a way that we can recognize that their story is in part our story. At the heart of this year’s Eugene O’Neill Festival will be the soul-stirring artistic confessions of two of our greatest haunted poets: Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams. The festival will feature productions of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Tao House and Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at the Village Theatre in downtown Danville.  These plays are powerful and poetic demonstrations of how, for these playwrights, the ghosts of the past continued to haunt their imaginations.

 

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES HERE or call (925) 314-3400

DOWNLOAD OUR 2019 FESTIVAL FLIER HERE

DOWNLOAD A DESTINATION DANVILLE PASSBOOK HERE

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FESTIVAL SPONSOR? CHECK OUT THE BENEFITS (COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS AND RECOGNITION IN OUR PUBLICATIONS) HERE

DOWNLOAD ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ERIC FRAISHER HAYES’ FESTIVAL ARTICLE HEREAND READ AN INTERVIEW HERE

 

 

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Role Players Ensemble

Village Theatre, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA

Performances: August 30 – September 15

 

 

The Wingfield family lives in the shadow of the husband and father who left them to fend for themselves. Struggling to get by mother Amanda lives in her southern belle past, son Tom lives for the day he can escape the bonds of a dead-end life and daughter Laura lives in the comfort of her menagerie of little glass figurines that help her shut out the world. Into this little Wingfield world walks in a young man who upsets everything. The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first great success and launched his career.

 

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

The Old Barn, Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Danville

Performances: September 14 – 29

 

A son’s looming health diagnosis and a mother’s drug addiction hang over the heads of the Tyrone family. Sparks fly as one by one members of the family bring painful revelations to light. The four wounded Tyrones must confront the powerful and contradictory feelings they have for each other. Loyalty and love are put to the test in this tale of survival. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is considered by many to be the greatest American tragedy ever written. Touring Tao House and then seeing the play that put Tao House on the map promises to be a magical experience.

 

Picnic Suppers for all shows of Long Day’s Journey Into Night

For patrons of  Long Day’s Journey Into Night, we invite you to join us for a Picnic Supper at Tao House for all performances. A special shuttle will leave the Museum of San Ramon Valley early to accommodate picnic guests. You must purchase a show ticket in addition to this picnic ticket.

Box Dinners Provided by Sideboard
Choice #1 Chicken Salad Sandwich
Choice #2 Veggie Burger

Both include SB famous chips, a mini chocolate chip cookie, a glass of wine and water

Picnic sales will close one week prior to each performance. For example, for the show on the 29th, meals must be ordered by Sept. 24. Order picnics HERE

Cost: $25

 

Concert: Clodagh Kinsella, soprano, traditional and popular Irish songs

Village Theatre, Danville

Performance: September 5              Cost: $25

Sponsored by Chevron

 

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES HERE or call (925) 314-3400

 

Other Festival Events in Danville:

A HIKE TO TAO HOUSE AND A DANVILLE HISTORY WALK

 

HILLS OF SOLACE: A HIKE TO TAO HOUSE

Enjoy a guided hike from Front Street Park in Danville, through Alamo and our beautiful local parks to the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. The hike is organized by the National Park Service. Other participants will be East Bay Regional Parks, the Town of Danville, and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. Tao House will be open for self-guided tours.

Sunday, Sept. 8 at  9:00 am                             Cost: Free

Advance registration is required if a picnic is required: HERE

 

THE SECRETS OF O’NEILL’S DANVILLE

Join Beverly Lane, past president of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, for a walking tour, starting at Front Street Park in downtown Danville and ending at Camille St., Alamo.

Saturday, Sept. xxx, 2:00 pm                         Cost: Free

No reservations needed.

 

EXPLORING DOWNTOWN DANVILLE

While you are in Danville for the Festival events, check out the bounty of fine restaurants, bakeries, pizzerias, and breweries and look for California cuisine featuring local produce.  And explore the many interesting and unique shops.

At the Museum of the San Ramon Valley (on Railroad Avenue, where you catch the National Park Service’s shuttle to the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site) you will find a fascinating exhibits.

The Danville Public Library, 400 Front Street, features a display about O’Neill as well as an exhibit featuring the new Friendship City relationship of the Town of Danville and the City of New Ross, Ireland. Partners creating the exhibition are the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the National Park Service, and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House.

Across the street from the library is Front Street Park, which commemorates Eugene O’Neill and the plays he wrote at Tao House. This is also the starting point for the Festival’s Hike to Tao House and for the Secrets of O’Neill’s Danville history walk.

 

DESTINATION DANVILLE PASSBOOK

Destination: Historic Downtown Danville

In conjunction with the 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival

In between festival events, theatre-goers, music lovers, and hikers will find several fine restaurants and casual bistros. From a taste of local harvest to a sip of Iceman Cometh bold brew, the artisanal eateries of Danville will delight your palate with its wide variety of dining experiences.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation will offer a complimentary Destination Danville book of shopping and dining discounts and specials during the Festival. The book also includes a #livelocallyDanville raffle opportunity, historic Danville highlights, and O’Neill quotes to entertain you throughout the Festival season.

With the passbook’s many coupons and discounts, you can shop, dine, and explore throughout September. This is part of Danville’s Live Locally program but is also open to out-of-towners. Over 40 Destination Shop-Dine-Play highlights!

Pick up your complimentary guidebook at Cottage Jewel Antiques (100 W Prospect Ave, Danville),  the Museum of the San Ramon Valley or the Danville Public Library. You can also download the PDF HERE

 

 

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES HERE or call (925) 314-3400

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FESTIVAL SPONSOR? CHECK OUT THE BENEFITS HERE

 

The 2nd Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, and the O’Neill Ancestral Trust of Ireland partners to produce “One Festival, Two Countries,” the Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville in September and the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland, in October. One Festival, Two Countries embodies a civic as well as a cultural partnership. Danville and New Ross have become Friendship Cities.

Why an O’Neill festival in Ireland? Eugene O’Neill famously said, “The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I’m Irish.” Ireland early recognized O’Neill’s genius with celebrated productions of his plays.

Why in New Ross? James O’Neill, Eugene’s father, lived with his parents and seven siblings in nearby Tinneranny. In 1847, in the wake of the potato famine, the O’Neills emigrated from the Port of New Ross. James, then five years old, later became one of the most famous actors in America. The festival honors not only Eugene O’Neill but also James, a favorite son of New Ross.

 

Download our International Festival of Theatre flier HERE 

 

The New Ross Festival Package

While each evening will be devoted to theater, each day will be spent touring such sights as Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny Castle, Smithwick’s Brewery, and the Ros Tapestry. Sean Reidy, co-chair of “One Festival, Two Countries” and former CEO of the JFK Trust, has arranged a special tour for us of the Kennedy Homestead, the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy. We expect to be greeted by JFK’s young cousin, who still farms the ancestral land.

What does the festival package cost? Amazingly little–$800. This includes five nights at the four-star Brandon House hotel (bed, breakfast, and dinner), the festival events in the evening, and the day trips, including light lunches. ($100 single supplement)

The Extended Tour Package

Dan McGovern, president of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, and his wife Carolyn will join festival-goers taking the optional extended tour. This tour will include two days exploring Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way, including the Skellig Islands, the Ring of Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. We will conclude our tour with a day in Dublin visiting Trinity College, the National Museum, the National Library, and the Parliament. The total cost of the Festival Package and the Extended Tour Package is $1,700. ($250 single supplement)

Make your reservations at www.eugeneoneillfestival.com