O'Neill Festival a Danville Tradition
11th year of Danville event honoring noted playwright
September in Danville is the month of Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill. Events are planned throughout the months as part of the 11th Annual Eugene O'Neill Festival. O'Neill, considered one of the greatest American playwrights, lived in what would later become Danville from 1937 - 1944. While living there he wrote five of his most memorable plays, including The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night. His home, known as the Tao House (pictured above), is now a National Historic Site.
As a way of honoring O'Neill's contribution to American literature and his skill use of Expressionism in his work, the annual O'Neill Festival is held each year. This year, the festival has grown to four weeks of activities. The events scheduled include:
* "The Hairy Ape" - Role Players Ensemble Theatre Company will be putting on O'Neill's drama. Shows will be held Sept. 16-19 and
23-25. Tickets are available at www.danvilletheatre.org.
* Sept. 18 - "Expressionism in Film" - a lecture/presentation by Dan Leonard, Film Professor at St. Mary's College. The lecture will
be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Village Theatre Art Gallery
* Sept. 18 & 25 "Kurt Weill Cabaret" - a performance of music by Kurt Weill at Father Nature's. Tickets are available at
* Sept. 21 - "Expansion of the American Theater" - a program put on by Eric Fraisher Hayes. 7:00 p.m. at the Danville Library.
* Sept. 25 - "Expressionism in Music" - a piano concert/lecture by Lino Rivera. 10:30 a.m. at the Village Theatre.
* Sept. 25 - Danville Community Band Concert. 1:00 p.m. at the Village Theatre.
In addition to all of the events, the newest exhibit at the Village Theatre Art Gallery also follows the theme of Expressionism. "Birth of Expressionism", curated by Claudia Hess runs through Sept. 25.