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The 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville



Admission:
Location:
The Old Barn
1000 Kuss Road
Danville, CA
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Audiences cannot drive directly to the O'Neill Historic Site and must meet a Park Service shuttle at the Museum of San Ramon Valley on show day. Read our FAQ for attending performances at the Site.
Schedule:
Friday, Aug. 31 - 12:00am

August 31st | 12:00am

The 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville

The Danville festival will feature two plays and a concert.

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

 

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Village Theater, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA

Each member of the Keller family holds one piece of the secret about the wartime disappearance of the oldest son. A series of revelations changes the Kellers forever. All My Sons was Arthur Miller’s first major success.

Performances: August 31 and September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

 

Hughie by Eugene O’Neill

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

In the desperate hours of the night, two lonely strangers try to make sense of their lives. In a fresh take on the play, director Eric Fraisher Hayes brings to life the thoughts of one of the characters, expressed in O’Neill’s stage directions, giving the audience a new appreciation of O’Neill the dramatist and humorist. Hughie was written while O’Neill lived in Tao House and benefit productions of the play, starring the original cast of Jason Robards and Jack Dodson, helped save Tao House.

Performances: September 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30

 

“Turlough O’Carolan: Ireland’s National Composer in Music & Song”

Village Theater, Danville

The second of a series of concerts co-presented by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, bringing Irish music to Danville in honor of the inaugural One Festival, Two Countries. O’Carolan was a harpist born in the era of J.S. Bach. Strongly influenced by European music of the time, he interwove European structural influences with haunting Irish melodies.

Two master musicians from Ireland, guitarist/composer David Creevy and singer/composer Melanie O’Reilly, will perform the songs of Turlough O’Carolan, generally recognized as Ireland’s first great composer. David’s transcriptions of O’Carolan’s music for guitar, interwoven with Melanie’s melodies and songs, will create an unforgettable soundscape. Sponsored by Chevron Corporation.

Performance: September 20

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

 

Other Festival Events in Danville:

PARKS AND PLAYS: 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, Save Mount Diablo, Mount Diablo Interpretive Society, California State Parks, and the Town of Danville, and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. Tao House will be open for self-guided tours.

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

Advance registration is recommended, by Tuesday, Sept.  4, 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. 22, 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 exhibit, The California Indian: The First People, which opens on Sept. 4.

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.

 

PASSPORT TO DANVILLE

At the museum or at Cottage Jewels (100 W Prospect Ave, Danville), pick up a Passport to Danville, sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. With the passport’s coupons and discounts, you can shop, dine, and explore from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. This is part of Danville’s Live Locally program but is also open to out-of-towners!

TICKETS FOR ALL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES HERE