Tao House, Eugene O’Neill National Historic SiteAudiences and visitors cannot drive directly to the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (The Old Barn, Tao House). Performance audiences must meet a Park Service shuttle at the Museum of San Ramon Valley on show day. Students attending Student Days or Studio Retreat must meet the shuttle at either the Walnut Creek BART or the Park and Ride at Sycamore Valley. Read our FAQ for attending performances at the Site and the National Park Service site HERE
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Friday, Sep. 4 - 8:00pm
Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes
September 4th | 8:00pm
Our featured production for the 2020 Eugene O’Neill Festival this September will be O’Neill’s A Moon For the Misbegotten.
The Long Road Home
Eugene O’Neill’s quest to become a playwright started as a young man recovering from a life-threatening illness and ended at the top of a winding and hilly road in Danville, California. Tao House, the “final home and harbor” nestled in the Danville hills, is where O’Neill wrote his most celebrated and deeply personal plays. In 2020, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House will retrace the playwright’s steps from nascent writer to his journey’s end as America’s first great playwright, with productions of his earliest plays and his last play, the masterpiece, A Moon for the Misbegotten. O’Neill’s searching nature guaranteed that his artistic path would be one of many twists and turns and we hope you will join us to see what is around each bend.
A Moon for the Misbegotten
By Eugene O’Neill
Old Barn, Tao House
The poetic culmination of Eugene O’Neill’s career, A Moon for the Misbegotten was the last play O’Neill wrote at Tao House and the last of his career. This beautiful elegy to the imagined last days of his older brother Jamie O’Neill is a comical and compassionate endeavor to make peace with the brother who could not forgive himself. In seeking absolution for his brother, Eugene O’Neill also sought absolution for himself. Seeing this play in the barn that O’Neill was looking out on from his study window is a moment of magic not to be missed.
Please check back here for dates, more information, and tickets soon!