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Eugene O’Neill Festival 2021:

 Beyond the Horizon


The Eugene O’Neill Festival Returns

The Eugene O’Neill Festival returns this fall with a combination of live and virtual events. The festival centerpiece will be a filmed production of O’Neill’s first great drama Beyond the Horizon. The play was the playwright’s first to appear on Broadway and won him the first of his four Pulitzer prizes. In addition to the film, there will be two live performances of Beyond the Horizon on the last weekend of September.

The festival will be rounded out with the premiere of EONF Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes’ playful and informative theatrical lecture Eugene O’Neill: 51 Plays in 51 Minutes at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, as well as a virtual hike, a downtown walk, and a special storytelling campaign entitled “Tiny Horizon Stories.”

FeatureD event: eugene o’neill’s Beyond the Horizon on film and live

An unexpected romance turns the Mayo family farm upside down and changes the course of lives, the family, and the farm in what many consider America’s first great tragic drama. Robert and Andrew Mayo, and neighbor Ruth Atkins grew up together as brothers and sister, but when love joins the picture everything changes. Destinies are disrupted and a chain of well-intended decisions leads to dire consequences. Beyond the Horizon won Eugene O’Neill his first Pulitzer Prize and put O’Neill on the Broadway map.

The play Beyond the Horizon calls for a combination of outdoor and indoor scenes, which have traditionally been difficult to represent. Our production will be filmed to highlight the natural beauty and farm-like qualities of the Tao House property.  Additionally, two live performances of the play will take place with seating at reduced capacity. These special live performances will utilize a combination of outdoor and indoor settings which require some minimal walking. Please read our FAQs before purchasing tickets.

Beyond the Horizon Live at Tao House

Sat., Sept. 25, 4pm SOLD OUT


Beyond the Horizon Live at Tao House

Sun., Sept. 26, 4pm SOLD OUT


Have you read our FAQs?

Beyond the Horizon, the Film: coming in October (info coming soon)


Schedule of Festival Events


Tiny Horizon Stories writing project,  launching in July, running through Oct.

In Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon, young Robert Mayo yearns to reach beyond his life on the family farm. He dreams of what awaits him just over the horizon. The play touches on the universal human desire to imagine a wider world of possibilities and a better life. 

As we begin to emerge from these historically challenging times, many of us imagine a future of new possibilities. In 100 words or less, share your story of what you long for just beyond the horizon.

Submit your Tiny Horizon Story story HERE and get inspired by our collection HERE.

Beyond the Horizon Sneak Peek

Watch our special virtual conversation with production dramaturg Beth Wynstra and director Eric Fraisher Hayes as they discuss the history and issues at work in Eugene O’Neill’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning play as well as the process of putting together our Tao House production.


A special Beyond the Horizon engagement guide and video scholar commentary will be offered in support of our production.


Eugene O’Neill: 51 Plays in 51 Minutes

Eugene O’Neill is known for writing important plays, long plays, but what many do not know is he also wrote a lot of plays. 51 to be exact. Eugene O’Neill: 51 Plays in 51 Minutes is a playful overview of the entire O’Neill canon from the perspective of a director who has staged 27 of the playwright’s 51 plays.

Join EONF Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes for a lively theatrical crash course on the plays of Eugene O’Neill. This event promises to be fresh, insightful, and entertaining. And less than an hour!

Thur Sep 30, 8pm, Museum of the San Ramon Valley


Fri Oct 1, 8pm, Museum of the San Ramon Valley


O’Neill’s Danville: A Guided Downtown Historic Walk

See your local Danville through new eyes on this guided tour of the town. See some places the O’Neills visited, and some local buildings and lore that were prominent during their time at Tao House. No reservations are required. Just show up at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley!

Sat Sep 18, 2pm. No registration needed! FREE

Hills of Solace: A Virtual Hike to Tao House

Hosted by the National Park Service and East Bay Regional Parks. Our annual hike to Tao House will be virtual again this year due to COVID restrictions for larger hiking groups. Listen to our rangers podcast while you hike!

Sat Oct 2, 9am. FREE

Info HERE (available soon)


Beyond the Horizon Film Fête

Join us for a social in-person event to celebrate the Festival, and the upcoming film release of Beyond the Horizon. More to come!

Sat., Oct. 2 at Auburn Lounge, Danville.







Did you miss our video production of The Lost Plays in 2020?

Check them out HERE.