eugene o'neill Festival 2024

SWEEPING PASSIONS

LIVE PERFORMANCES SEP 14–29, 2024

 

 

 

Tao House will get caught up in Sweeping Passions this fall. The Eugene O’Neill Festival 2024 will be centered around one of the playwright’s most dramatic and adventurous creations, Mourning Becomes Electra. O’Neill’s great American take on Greek tragedy is an action-packed epic featuring all the hallmarks of a captivating soap opera: jealousy, adultery, revenge, murder, incest, suicide, and more murder! All the things that are horrible to experience in real life but horribly entertaining when watching fictitious characters.

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FESTIVAL EVENTS

 

Poetry in Place, A Workshop

Aug 18 (Sun, 2pm)

Shuttle to Tao House from Museum of the San Ramon Valley  map it

Led by creator of Poetry in the Parks and artist in residence Jodie Hollander, Poetry in Place will kick off the O’Neill Festival 2024. Workshop participants will use Tao House surroundings as inspiration as they receive writing prompts to create a poem about the significance of place. The importance of place is central in this year's performance of Mourning Becomes Electra where Tao House takes centerstage. More Info and Registration

 

The Women in Mourning Becomes Electra, A Virtual Discussion

Aug 28 (Wed 6–7pm PST/9–10 EST)

Free Virtual Discussion via Zoom

Join mother–daughter team Carole and Beth Wynstra as they discuss the play that makes our own mothers seem normal. Beth is an associate professor at Babson College and an O’Neill scholar. Carole is co-president of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Board. More Info and Registration

 

Ghosts of Tao House Stroll

Sep 6–Oct 16

Downtown Danville

Explore greater downtown Danville visiting a dozen-plus shop-and-dine HOST SITES on the Ghosts of Tao House Stroll. Self-guided ghost walk day and night from Sep to Oct 16. More Info

 

The Nomads: A Friendship City Celebration Concert

Sep 12 (Thu, 7:30pm)

Village Theatre  map it

Based in New Ross, Ireland, The Nomads take center stage with special guests Lizzy Heffernan and Todd Brothers. Join us for a night of Irish music through the ages…from folk songs to U2 and much more! A celebration of the New Ross–Danville Friendship City connection. More Info and Tickets

 

Secrets of O’Neill’s Danville, A Historic Walk

Sep 14 (Sat, 10am)

Eugene O’Neill Commemorative Park  map it

Free guided tour through old town Danville with local historians to discover the secrets of O’Neill’s Danville. Learn how the O’Neill’s shopped and lived local circa 1937–44. Accessible to all levels of walkers. No preregistration required.

 

 

Mourning Becomes Electra

Sep 14,15 / 20–22 / 27–29

(Fri, 6pm), (Sat/Sun, 4pm)

Shuttle to Tao House from Museum of the San Ramon Valley  map it

O’Neill’s great American take on Greek tragedy is an action-packed epic featuring all the hallmarks of a captivating soap opera: jealousy, adultery, revenge, murder, incest, suicide, and more murder! All the things that are horrible to experience in real life but horribly entertaining when watching fictitious characters. Join us as Tao House takes center stage in this headliner event. More Info and Tickets

 

 

Whiskey Walk with Ghost Stories

Sep 25 (Wed, 6–8pm)

Auburn Lounge  map it

Check-in at the O’Neill Festival concierge table (patio beside Auburn Lounge) to receive a wristband and signature shot glass. Docents will guide attendees throughout downtown to taste featured beverages and learn more about the Ghosts of Tao House host sites. ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)  More Info and Tickets

We hope to see you there!

The Eugene O’Neill Festival: a history

Since 1999, the annual Eugene O’Neill Festival has celebrated dramatic theatre in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Similarly-themed plays from classic playwrights and O’Neill contemporaries are chosen for production at various locations in Danville with the centerpiece O’Neill show being performed at Tao House itself. In 2013, the festival grew to a month-long event which now includes a guided hikes to the Tao House property, a historic tour of Danville, special exhibits at the Museum of San Ramon Valley, seminars with dramaturgs, actors and directors, and several social events.