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Strange Interlude  

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A controversial work of extraordinary power, remarkable length (9 acts), and use of asides to express the characters' unspoken thoughts. An outstanding, somewhat Freudian play from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

Nina Leeds is a mercurial woman, haunted and broken by the death of her fiancé Gordon Shaw in the First World War – after her father had convinced him to postpone the marriage until his safe return. Always searching for the ever-elusive happiness Shaw gave her, she flirts with the feelings of the various men in her life: her friend Charles Marsden, deeply in love with her, is nevertheless too shy to confess; her new husband Sam Evans, with his own history of mental illness and inability to give her a child; Edmund 'Ned' Darrell, so desperate for her to leave Sam that he gives her the child she craves so badly. And then finally comes little Gordon, the result of Nina's affair with Ned, ignorant of his parentage – the only man she really dotes on whilst the others orbit around her...

Review
'It is a work of extraordinary power'. Barrett H. Clark



Cast : 5M, 3F

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-103-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Eugene O’Neill, born in New York City in 1888, is the author of over twenty plays including Moon for the Misbegotten, Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, Desire Under the Elms, The Great God Brown, The Hairy Ape, All God's Chillun Got Wings, A Touch of the Poet, Mourning Becomes Electra, Long Day's Journey into Night, Strange Interlude and The Iceman Cometh.

He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1951.

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