Festival in Danvile focusing on 'desire'

Eugene O'Neill Festival to feature plays, classic films, artistic discussions

The ongoing Eugene O'Neill Festival in Danville features classic plays, movie screenings, discussions and a walking tour that all focus on the theme of "desire."

The 16th annual festival will focus on the theme "Season of Desire," featuring performances of Tennessee Williams' drama "A Streetcar Named Desire" from this Friday to Sept. 19 at the Village Theatre and O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" from Sept. 18-26 at the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site's Old Barn.

"The cornerstone of the month-long Festival is production of works by two American masters. These and other events will focus on some of the various ways humans yearn for what they do not have, and in some cases, covet what they should not have," foundation director of artistic programs Eric Fraisher Hayes said in a release.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" will run Sept. 5, 11, 12, 17 and 19 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on Sept. 20 and 27. Admission is $35.

"Desire Under the Elms" will run Sept. 18, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.

The festival runs through September and into the first week of October. Films based upon the plays will also be screened at the Village Theatre and the Tao House in Danville.

The 1951 movie version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" will be shown Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Theatre.

Fraisher Hayes will present a lecture on O'Neill on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave. in Danville. Cost is $10.

A free, hour-long walking tour about O'Neill's life in Danville will begin Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.

A "100 Years of Desire" panel discussion based upon the themes of desire depicted in literature, theater and films over the past century will take place on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site's Old Barn. The cost is $15.

A discussion with theater critic John Lahr, who wrote a biography of Williams, will take place Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Rakestraw Books, 3 Railroad Ave. in Danville. Cost is $18.

A schedule of events can be found at the Village Theatre website and the foundation website.

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