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Newsfront - September 12, 2008

O'Neill fest begins Thursday

The ninth annual Eugene O'Neill Festival is being held Sept. 18-20, and will focus on the connection between O'Neill and the legendary African-American actor Paul Robeson, who appeared on stage and in film versions of O'Neill plays.

The festival will include the rarely produced "All God's Chillun Got Wings," which starred Robeson in the premiere in 1924. He portrayed a black man married to an abusive white woman who, resenting her husband's skin color, destroys his promising career as a lawyer. The festival will present a posthumous award to Robeson, who died in 1976 at age 77.

Performances will take place at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., on each evening of the festival. Tickets are $30 general; $10 student. For more information, call 820-1818 or visit www.eugeneoneill.org.


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