Eugene O'Neill Research
Much of my work in recent years has had to do with Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece Long Day's Journey Into Night and the house where it was written, Tao House, in Danville, California.
Carlotta Monterey was O'Neill's wife at the time he wrote the play, and she was (in my opinion) the genius behind the house where such a play could be written. So she is a major topic for me, as well.
The book I am writing has the working title The Days and Nights of Long Day's Journey Into Night: Eugene O'Neill and Carlotta Monterey at Tao House.
I had the honor to be a Travis Bogard Artist-in-Residence there in 2018, and I have gotten to know a lot of great people associated with the house, which is a National Historic Site, maintained by the National Park Service.
The Eugene O'Neill Foundation is the organization that spearheaded the effort to preserve the house, and they run many programs on the site, including an annual Eugene O'Neill Festival. They feature performances of plays--mostly plays by O'Neill--in the old barn on the property. I have seen many of those productions, and in recent years I have enjoyed working there as dramaturg.
The latest of late developments in this research is a play I have written, called Into Night, which dramatizes how Long Day's Journey Into Night was created in 1939-1941, with, in a sense, the ghosts of Mary and James Tyrone haunting Eugene and Carlotta O'Neill during that creative period. Oh, and the "second girl," Cathleen is also revenant! This play is in workshop now, directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, with the aim of being performed as a staged reading in the Old Barn at Tao House in June, then at the 11th International Conference on Eugene O'Neill in Boston in July. Terrific cast. And check out the conference, which promises to be quite something:
Below are some of the projects that have come of the Long Day's Journey fascination: