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The 17th Annual

Eugene O'Neill Festival

September 2nd - October 2nd, 2016


Experience the American theatre's first great revolt and the evolution in storytelling that followed. From O'Neill's first foray into the intersection of realism and expressionism, The Emperor Jones, to O'Neill Fellow Adrienne Pender's new play, N, that portrays the complex relationship between Eugene O'Neill and his first Emperor Jones, Charles S. Gilpin, to Edward Albee's tale of a retired couple's run in with some beachcombers of the more primal set, the marvelous Seascape. Get your tickets today!

Ticket Information

Tickets for all the 2016 O'Neill Festival events may be purchased in the following ways:

  • Online using a debit or credit card. Click on any of the BUY TICKETS buttons to go to our online box office. You may add tickets for multiple events into your online Shopping Cart before purchasing.
  • Over the phone by calling the Village Theater Box Office at (925) 314-3400, 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and using a credit or debit card.
  • In Person at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street, using a credit card, debit card, cash or check. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

List of Events

The Emperor Jones

by Eugene O'Neill
September 23rd - October 2nd
The Old Barn, Eugene O'Neill Historic Site

Fugitive turned island dictator Brutus Jones learns that he has a revolt on this hands and must flee for his life. O'Neill's ground-breaking play explores the psyche of a hunted man trying to outrun his guilt and fears. Don't miss the American theatre's first psychological thrill ride.

Please see our FAQ about attending an event at the Eugene O'Neill Historic Site before purchasing tickets.

Pre-Curtain Talks with Picnic Supper:

On September 23rd and October 1st, a pre-curtain talk about The Emperor Jones will be given by Director Eric Frashier Hayes at 7pm at Tao House. Homemade Picnic suppers will be available for purchase of $20 when you purchase your theater ticket online, or guests may bring their own suppers. Click on More Info to find out the menu!

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by Edward Albee
September 2nd - 18th
The Village Theater, Danville

Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize. A major work by one of our theatre's most famous and important writers. Critically hailed in its successful Broadway production, the play brings true eloquence, wit and warmth to its compelling yet subtle examination of the very meaning and significance of life itself.

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by Adrienne Pender
A Staged Reading - September 29th | 8:00pm
The Old Barn, O'Neill Historic Site

Playwright Eugene O'Neill and Actor Charles Gilpin made theatre history together, but their relationship was a difficult one. Their battle over the play The Emperor Jones saw both of them claiming ownership. One man wrote the play and the other put his soul into it. This is their story.

Please see our FAQ about attending an event at the Eugene O'Neill Historic Site before purchasing tickets.

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Screening: Ric Burns' American Experience - Eugene O'Neill

September 8th | 7:00pm
Veteran's Memorial Building
400 Hartz Avenue, Danville
Admission: Free

American Experience: Eugene O'Neill tells the haunting story of the life and work of America's greatest and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright -- set within the context of the harrowing family dramas and personal upheavals that shaped him, and that he in turn struggled all his life to give form to in his art. More than a biography of the greatest literary genius the American theater has produced, this American Experience production is a moving meditation on loss and redemption, family and memory, the cost of being an artist, and the inescapability of the past.

No tickets or reservations necessary. Seating is first-come first-served.

"Find Your Park" Hike

Hosted by The National Park Service, The Eugene O'Neill Foundation, and East Bay Regional Parks
September 11th | 9:00am
Meet at: O'Neill Town Park (across from Danville Library)
Admission: Free

Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary by joining NPS staff at the O’Neill Town Park (across from the Danville library) and hiking up to Tao House, enjoying the East Bay Regional Park and our National Park Site.

Bring a picnic, there will be water available at Tao House. You may hike back down, or a shuttle will be available for return to the O’Neill Town Park.

Reservations are highly encouraged. To make a reservation, please send an email with the subject line "Find Your Park Hike" to and include your name and number of people in your party.

Exhibit: Twin Centennials
Eugene O'Neill & The National Park Service

at The Museum of San Ramon Valley
July 15th - November 15th

A special exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley features centennials of the National Park Service and Eugene O’Neill’s first produced play, Bound East for Cardiff. The exhibit runs from July 15 to November 15 and will include several Saturday programs.

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Exhibit: O'Neill & The Emperor Jones

at the Tao House Visitor Center
Eugene O'Neill Historic Site
Admission: Free

An ongoing exhibition inside the Visitor Center at Tao House that peers into the life of Eugene O'Neill and takes you behind the scenes of one of his first Broadway hits, the 1920 production of The Emperor Jones. The Eugene O'Neill Historic Site, Tao House, is open Wednesday through Sunday year round. Click on the button for more information on tours, reservations, and transportation to the site.

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