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Newsfront - May 30, 2008

International conference to focus on playwright

A five-day conference on Eugene O'Neill opening June 11 will include presentations of academic papers, panel discussions, performances, an awards dinner and tours.

More than 100 people with a devotion to the famed playwright and his award-winning works are registered for the event, "O'Neill's Global Legacy." Conferees, many representing educational institutions, are coming from across the United States and from Canada, Tunisia, Belgium, France, China, Russia and India.

The conference is sponsored by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, which maintains O'Neill's Tao House estate in Danville as a National Historic Site, and the Eugene O'Neill Society.

A program of sea chanties that O'Neill was fond of will be performed at Tao House on June 12. At an awards dinner that night, three individuals will be honored for their contributions to the American theater, academia and literature.

A.C. Carollo will direct "O'Neill: The Genius in His Soul," a program of poetry by O'Neill intertwined with 11 songs from his plays on June 13. Dramatic interpretation of "Tomorrow," O'Neill's only published short story, in 1917, will be presented June 14 in the Old Barn at Tao House by the Word for Word Performing Arts Company of San Francisco.


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