Danville Express

Newsfront - September 14, 2007

O'Neill Festival next week offers new excitement

The annual Eugene O'Neill Festival, a three-day celebration of the playwright, is being held next week, Sept. 21-23. A special feature this year will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at O'Neill's Tao House, in the west hills of Danville. Guests will gather for cocktails at 6 p.m. in the newly landscaped courtyard, enjoy a gourmet dinner beneath a giant oak tree, and then adjourn to the Old Barn for dramatic interpretations of O'Neill's poems, stories, and music associated with his famous plays, the last six of which were written at Tao House. O'Neill is the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize and four Pulitzer Prizes.

The event is a fundraiser for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, which arranges educational and other activities throughout the year. Reservations, at $100 per person, may be made at 820-1818. Attendance is limited to 100.

The program, except for the dinner, will be repeated at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, with admission at $30. Call 943-7469 for tickets. Both events include transportation to Tao House; private vehicles are not allowed on the site, which is managed by the National Park Service.

Other festival events include a screening of the movie version of O'Neill's classic "The Iceman Cometh" at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21; an introduction into the life and works of O'Neill at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22; and a discussion at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, by O'Neill scholars, authorities and actors. These events, all free, will be held in the Danville Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St. Additional information and updates can be found at www.eugeneoneill.org.

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