Centennial production of O'Neill play set in Danville

Foundation presenting 'Bound East for Cardiff' next weekend

Danville's Eugene O'Neill Foundation is celebrating the playwright's standout career by hosting a centennial production his play "Bound East for Cardiff" next weekend.

"Bound East for Cardiff" is one of Eugene O'Neill's "sea plays" where he sought to bring to the stage the trials and tribulations life aboard ships. It was originally performed in Massachusetts in 1916 in a make-shift theater space on a small wharf, but it gained considerable attention when transferred to New York.

The Danville production is directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, artistic program director for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. He will have audience members portray O'Neill's initial role of Second Mate on the S.S. Glencairn at each performance in the Old Barn at Tao House, giving guests a moment in the spotlight.

Donald Sage Mackay will play Yank, the protagonist of the play. In an effort to add authenticity to the production, Oakland-based band Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch will be performing traditional pirate songs and sea chanties appropriate to the play's time and setting.

The performance is set for July 30 at 8 p.m. and July 31 at 2 p.m. at Tao House in Danville, located at 1000 Kuss Road.

More information on ticketing for "Bound East for Cardiff" and directions to Tao House are available on the foundation's website.

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