Two compelling and thought-provoking plays from one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers.
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.
Anna Christie was first staged at the Vanderbilt Theater, New York, in November 1921. Its first London production was at the Strand Theatre in April 1923.
The Emperor Jones
An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator’s flight from his oppressed subjects.
Brutus Jones rules his island’s citizens from his opulent palace with tyrannical ease – until the day that they all disappear. They have retreated to the hills, following their former native leader Lem, and plan to revolt. It is time for the Emperor to make good his escape.
The Emperor Jones was first performed at the Playwrights’ Theater, New York, in November 1920. Its UK premiere was at the Ambassadors’ Theatre, London, in September 1925.
This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
‘The first serious American play about black experience… a historic landmark and a shattering piece of theatre’
— Guardian on ‘The Emperor Jones’
‘There is a raw vigour and humanity in Anna Christie that few other dramatists can match’
— Telegraph on ‘Anna Christie’
‘O’Neill is like an American Shakespeare, the father of American drama’
— New York Times