Burning with the dramatic fire of irreconcilable passions and conflicting dreams, O’Neill’s masterpiece is set in a tawdry tavern near Boston on the eve of Andrew Jackson’s election. Irishman Con Melody drowns memories of his former greatness as a soldier and aristocrat in a dangerous stew of alcohol and regret, while his headstrong daughter struggles to win a better future for herself and her long-suffering mother. The play, which the New York Times dubbed “electric”, unleashes volcanic forces in a thrilling, unexpected climax.
“Produced with skill and their special brand of expertise. Even the smallest role shines” – Splash Magazines
Eugene O’Neill is the only American playwright ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and he is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. His masterpiece Long Day’s Journey into Night(produced posthumously 1956) is at the apex of a long string of great plays, including Beyond the Horizon (1920), Anna Christie (1922), Strange Interlude (1928), Ah! Wilderness (1933) and The Iceman Cometh (1946). Between 1920 and 1943 O’Neill completed 20 long plays–several of them double and triple length–and a number of shorter ones. After Shakespeare and Shaw, O’Neill became the most widely translated and produced dramatist in the 20th century.
A Touch of the Poet runs at 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays through January 29, 2017 (no performances December 22nd– January 1st). Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 – $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.