Our Mission

The mission of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, is to celebrate and promote the vision and legacy of Eugene O'Neill, America's foremost playwright.

To achieve its mission, the foundation collaborates with the National Park Service in restoring and preserving Tao House, providing for future generations a memorial that:

  • Perpetuates the vision of Eugene O'Neill
  • Provides artistic and educational programs which focus on Eugene
    O'Neill's contribution to theatre in America and the world.
  • Maintains a research library which collects, preserves and exhibits
    books, photos and artifacts related to Eugene O'Neill and the American theatre.

Tao House is located in Danville, California, at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, a National Park Service unit.

Honors to Congressman George Miller
& East Bay Regional Park District

On October 28, the Foundation celebrated its 40th Anniversary and used it as an opportunity to honor Congressman George Miller (11th District, California), and the East Bay Regional Park District. Both were central to saving Tao House in the mid-1970s. Rep. Miller proposed legislation that resulted in creation of the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in 1975, and EBRPD held the land while the legislative process continued, thereby saving Tao House and adjoining property from expected development. The Foundation salutes them both for their successful efforts to preserve the home of “The Father of American Drama.”

CLICK HERE for photos from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s Awards Dinner


Coming in January

A Eugene O'Neill Foundation

Playwrights' Theatre Production


January 10 and 11, 2015

CLICK HERE to order tickets!

Hughie – one of the plays written by Eugene O’Neill while living at Tao House -- is a one-act play set in the lobby of a small hotel on New York’s West Side during the summer of 1928.

Small time hustler named Erie Smith spends the late evening with the hotel’s new night clerk, Charlie Hughes, and laments how Smith’s luck has gone bad since the death of Hughie, Hughes predecessor.

Written in 1942, this gem of a play was not produced on Broadway until 1964 starring Jason Robards, and directed by Jose Quintero.

The staged reading of Hughie will feature Aaron Murphy, who played Hickey in the recent O’Neill Festival’s sold-out run of The Iceman Cometh. If you couldn’t get tickets for Iceman in September, you’ll want to attend this dynamic short play. It promises to charm playgoers during the limited run of one of O’Neill’s prized Tao House plays in January.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to Hughie

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