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.

Coming in May!

Clifford Odets: Heir to Eugene O’Neill

16th Annual Playwrights’ Theatre in the Old Barn at Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville

Two plays by the provocative playwright Clifford Odets are on tap for Playwrights’ Theatre staged-readings on Sunday, May 3 and Sunday May 17 at 2:00 p.m. Widely seen as the successor to Eugene O’Neill, Odets came on the scene in the 1930’s as O’Neill began to retire from Broadway’s commercial pressures, only to bounce back with his later Tao House plays.
Waiting for Lefty
Golden Boy
Clifford Odets' Waiting for Lefty
Sunday, May 3, 2:00pm
in the Old Barn at Tao House
Clifford Odets' Golden Boy
Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm
in the Old Barn at Tao House

Odets’ politically-charged dramas were extremely popular and influential in the years of the Great Depression, as he championed the cause of the disenfranchised. His plays are full of colorful characters from union organizers to gangsters to boxers, and the working poor. His social protest plays of the 1930s helped form the influential Group Theatre.

Reserve early for limited seating in the Old Barn.

CLICK HERE to order by mail, or call (925) 820-1818.

Tickets may also be purchased online by CLICKING HERE.



A masterclass for aspiring teen playwrights & actors interested in enriching their skills and developing their own short plays.


July 9th – 19th, 2015

at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville

A collaborative program led by a staff of professional playwrights, actors, and stage directors in an intensive ten day workshop in the beautiful setting that inspired Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill to write his most notable plays. The program is free for participants upon acceptance.

Deadline for application is
June 22nd, 2015


The O’Neill Studio Retreat is sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House in cooperation with the National Park Service. The program is supported by funding from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and the Wood Foundation


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