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Tao House Welcomes Three Artist In Residence Fellows in 2018


Published on April 22, 2019

ANNE FLETCHER, Professor, University of Illinois, Carbondale, spent two weeks at Tao House in May 2018.  Dr. Fletcher is a stage-design historian who spent her fellowship researching and deliberating on two projects—a chapter on the Provincetown Playhouse designers and a full-length study of O’Neill’s potential influence on American stage design.  Having uninterrupted time to devote to […]

On Being a Tao House Fellow


Published on November 7, 2016

On Being a Tao House Fellow David Palmer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy June 4, 2015 My Tao House Fellowship in the Travis Bogard Artist-in-Residence Program at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site was exceptionally valuable, not just for enabling me to pursue the project I had planned but also for the serendipitous ways it led me […]



Published on October 5, 2016

Dynamo delves into the search for a deity in a modern world. When conventional religious beliefs fail to help Ruben Light to reconnect with his lost mother, he finds the answer to his prayers through the worship of the tremendous power of electricity. This cautionary tale about the search to find one’s center in the ever-increasing […]

From Stage to Live Broadcasts and Streaming


Published on September 27, 2016

At the inception of the sound era Eugene O’Neill wrote George Jean Nathan expressing the hope that “the day may come when there will develop a sort of Theatre Guild ‘talky’ organization that will be able to rely only on the big cities for its audiences.”[i] Unfortunately, during O’Neill’s lifetime film was primarily a form […]

The Emperor Jones


Published on September 20, 2016

On November 1, 1920, the Provincetown Players and Eugene O’Neill became overnight sensations with the premiere of O’Neill’s play The Emperor Jones. The play’s premiere was significant in two ways. For the first time in mainstream American Theatre, there was a production featuring a full commitment to the principles of the Art Theatre movement. The […]

A Short History of Tao House
and East Bay Regional Park


Published on August 10, 2016

Eugene and Carlotta O’Neill purchased 158 acres of land, built their home, Tao House, and lived in Danville’s western hills from 1937-1944. In this isolated rural sanctuary with its views of the valley and Mount Diablo, he wrote his last, great plays. They sold the property to Arthur and Charlotte Miller who recalled that O’Neill […]