The Foundation is pleased to have had three of its own Board members carry on the tradition of O’Neill scholarship at the 10th International Eugene O’Neill Conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway, July 19-22.
This year’s Conference theme, “Eugene O’Neill: Ireland, the Constant Presence” is particularly poignant. Although he never set foot on Irish soil, O’Neill embodied the American journey for many of the nineteenth-century-born Irish—and like many, that past was never far from the present. The fact of O’Neill’s “Irishness” was deeply present in his work. In fact, he began finding his dramatic voice after witnessing the Abbey Theatre’s 1911 tour of the eastern United States.
Foundation Board President Dan McGovern will present “From Stage to Live Broadcasts and Streaming: O’Neill’s Theatre Guild Model in the Digital Age.” Eric Fraisher Hayes, the Foundation’s Artistic Director, will discuss, “Producing the Unproduceable.” And Janet Roberts, Foundation board member, will examine “Masks and the Influence of the Noh Mask in Eugene O’Neill and W. B. Yeats.”
Also on the roster were two Tao House Artists in Residence (AIR): Patrick Midgley, a 2017 AIR from Texas Tech University, and 2016 AIR alum Thierry Dubost, Université de Caen Normandie.