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“Warnings Before Breakfast” Online Discussion

December 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Thursday, December 14 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST

Eric Fraisher Hayes will have a FREE online discussion with WBB dramaturgs Beth Wynstra and Zander Brietzke about the plays Warnings and Before Breakfast and the process of adapting them for January. Join the discussion on Dec. 14 using this Zoom LINK.

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Two early Eugene O’Neill plays will have a new life this January. Warnings (1913) is the story of a ship’s wireless operator losing his hearing who must make dire decisions about continuing a job he is no longer qualified to do and supporting his family. Before Breakfast (1916) is essentially a monologue from the perspective of a beleaguered wife who desperately craves the attention of her husband in the other room.

“It dawned on me that each of these plays was very centered on one character’s point of view, and in each case, I was left wondering about the other half of the story,” says EONF Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes. “What if I could intermix the two plays to understand these stories more fully? Maybe seeing the two plays as one could shed light on the relationships in these stories and relationships in general.”

Warnings and Before Breakfast will become Warnings Before Breakfast this January at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. One of EONF’s specialties is producing rarely-seen O’Neill one-acts, but this production will be a completely novel and exciting experiment in storytelling not to be missed. Zander Brietzke and Beth Wynstra are dramaturgs on this project.


Warnings Before Breakfast

by Eugene O’Neill (Adapted by Eric Fraisher Hayes)

Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526

Friday, January 12  8:00pm

Saturday, January 13  8:00pm (followed by a post-show discussion led by Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes)

Sunday, January 14  2:00pm (followed by a post-show discussion led by Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes)

Tickets $25

This script-in-hand performance will run for 75 mins, with no intermission.