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Ah! Wilderness
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Ah! Wilderness

Eugene O’Neill
 
Ah! Wilderness, first staged in 1933, is often seen as a bright and sunny reverse-image of the sombre Long Day's Journey into Night. Both are family plays set in the year just before the First World War. Both take place in a house clearly modelled on the O'Neill family home in New England. For O'Neill, Ah! Wilderness had ''the sweet charm of a dream of lost youth'; during his lifetime it was one of his most popular plays.





Cast : 9M, 6F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-137-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Anna Christie
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Anna Christie

Eugene O'Neill
 

Eugene O’Neill’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning play about love and forgiveness charts one woman’s longing to forget the dark secrets of her past and hope for salvation.

Exiled from her home by the Old Devil Sea to the inland plains, Anna Christie’s life changed for ever at just five years of age. Fifteen years later, she is reunited with the father who sent her away, and sets sail in search of a new beginning.




Cast : 11M, 2F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-189-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Anna Christie and The Emperor Jones
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Anna Christie and The Emperor Jones

Eugene O’Neill
 
The Emperor Jones, an expressionistic account of a black dictator's flight from his oppressed subjects, was first staged in 1920.

Review
A sympathetic portrayal of a prostitute... This wry tragicomedy, enriched with fully flavoured naturalism in dialogue and background... won for its author a second Pulitzer Prize. -  John Gassner






Cast : 11M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-101-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hairy Ape, The and All God's Chillun Got Wings
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Hairy Ape, The and All God's Chillun Got Wings

Eugene O’Neill
 
Two strong expressionist plays from early in O'Neill's career. 

The Hairy Ape (1922) 
The first tells of an animalistic stoker, symbolically named Yank, who, spurned by a society woman, breaks out of the engine room and goes in search of himself in the 'real' world. 

Review
'A bitter, brutal, wildly fantastic play of nightmare hue and nightmare distortion . '  New York Times 

All God's Chillun Got Wings (1924) 
The second deals with a mixed marriage, in which the neurotically jealous white wife destroys her black husband's chances of a career before going berserk and lapsing into a remorseless dependency on him.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-151-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Iceman Cometh, The
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Iceman Cometh, The

Eugene O’Neill
 
The Iceman Cometh, first staged in 1946, is one of O'Neill's acknowledged masterpieces. Into a waterfront bar, full of life's failures subsisting solely in their dreams, comes Hickey with his urge to make them face the truth.

Review
A dramatised neurosis, with no holds barred, written in a vein of unsparing implacable honesty. - Kenneth Tynan



Cast : 16M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-143-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Long Day's Journey Into Night
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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Eugene O'Neill
 
An intensely autobiographical, magnificently tragic portrait of O'Neill's own family; a play so acutely personal that he insisted it was not published until after his death,  Long Day's Journey into Night is a true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.  The play was written around 1940 but not staged until 1956, three years after O'Neill's death.

Review
It is a play which re-creates his own painful family experiences. Set in 1912, the year of his own attempted suicide, it is an attempt to understand himself and those to whom he was irrevocably tied by fate and by love. It is the finest and most powerful play to have come out of America. -  Christopher Bigsby (Professor, American Studies, East Anglia University, UK)


Cast : 3M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-102-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Moon for the Misbegotten, A
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Moon for the Misbegotten, A

Eugene O’Neill
 
A Moon for the Bisbegotten, written in 1943, was O'Neill's last completed play. Autobiographical like its companion pieces, Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh, both also from the same period, Moon is based on the broken life of O'Neill's alcoholic brother James. Not without humour, the play 'may have the outline of melodrama, but that outline is filled with a raw passion and unassuageable guilt such as you rarely find in the modern theatre ... Your senses tell you that you are in the presence of a master.' - Michael Billington  




Cast : 4M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-139-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Mourning Becomes Electra
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Mourning Becomes Electra

Eugene O’Neill
 
Mourning Becomes Electra, first staged in 1931, is O'Neill's powerful three-part reworking of themes from Greek tragedy, particularly the Oresteia of Aeschylus. Relocated to New England in 1865 just after the end of the Civil War, the plays tell of a returning victor, General Ezra Mannon (Agamemnon), poisoned by his unfaithful wife, Christine (Clytemnestra), and then avenged by his son, Orin (Orestes), and daughter Lavinia. With Orin's subsequent suicide, Lavinia (the Electra of the title) becomes a fatalistic recluse in the Mannon mansion.      




 
Cast : 7M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-138-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Strange Interlude
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Strange Interlude

Eugene O’Neill
 

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