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10th – 13th OCTOBER 2024

New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland

10th OCTOBER 2024

Brandon House Hotel, 8:30pm

Welcome Reception

Traditional Irish Music Session with Danescastle Music Group

Eugene O Neill Festival Welcome Reception 2024

Welcome to New Ross by the Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal Council.

Welcoming the civic delegation from Danville CA, the Directors of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation and the members of the Eugene O’Neill Society and the Artistic Director of the festival Eric Fraisher Hayes and all the actors participating in the 2024 Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre

Followed by Traditional Irish Music Session with Danescastle Music Group.

Eugene O Neill Festival Welcome Reception 2024

11th OCTOBER 2024

St. Michaels’ Theatre, 8:00pm

Tickets: €20

Teddy by Sheila Forsey

Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes

Teddy By Sheila Forsey

Rose has arrived at her childhood home to celebrate Christmas with her family. She brings the news that she wishes to take her developmentally challenged grown son Teddy to live with her, away from the only home he has ever known with his grandparents. Old feuds flare up between mother and daughter in a showdown over what is best for the young man and who it fit to be a mother with dramatic results.

Teddy by author and playwright Sheila Forsey, will be a world premiere featuring Irish and American actors. Two countries, one family.

Teddy By Sheila Forsey


Sheila Forsey – Playwright ‘Teddy’

Sheila Forsey is the author of four novels and her work has reached the Irish Times Best Sellers list. Her writing has received numerous acclaimed reviews for giving a visual and textured insight into Ireland’s past in the last century. She is also a playwright and a tutor in creative writing. Sheila was a Scripts Ireland Playwrighting Festival 2021 Finalist for her play The Memory Room.

Sheila Forsey

12th OCTOBER 2024

St. Michaels’ Theatre, 8:00pm

Tickets: €30

Green Road With Special Guests

The O’Neill Gathering

Green Road with Special Guests

Green Road and some special guests will perform a concert of trad, folk and ballad music, with tones of bluegrass and Americana, celebrating the strong connection between folk music of Ireland and the USA.

Green Road with Special Guests

13th OCTOBER 2024

St. Michaels’ Theatre, 8:00pm

Tickets: €20

O’Neill Reimagined: Two Adaptations of His Earliest Plays

O’Neill Reimagined Two Adaptations of His Earliest Plays

Borrowing from the collected experience gained through directing 34 plays by Eugene O’Neill, Eric Fraisher Hayes, Artistic Director at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Tao House, has created a pair of adaptations of O’Neill’s fledging one-acts that shine new light on the playwright’s earliest works. In the true spirit of cultural collaboration and exchange, these plays will feature Irish and American actors.

Warnings Before Breakfast

What would happen if we took a play about a desperate woman (Mrs. Rowland in O’Neill’s Before Breakfast) and a play about a desperate man (James Knapp in O’Neill’s Warnings) and looked at them as a single story of a couple experiencing a breakdown in communication? Warnings Before Breakfast weaves these separate worlds into a tale of a relationship in crisis with surprising results.

A Wife for a Life: A Backstage Story

In 1913 an aspiring young playwright (Eugene O’Neill) brings his first play script to the dressing room of his famous actor father (James O’Neill) in the hope of getting his father to play the lead role. A Wife for a Life: A Backstage Story imagines a dressing room argument over the nature of life and art between the famous actor father and the soon-to-be famous playwright son. The young man’s script becomes the battleground for this clash over the value of theatre and the human need for truth and illusion.

O’Neill Reimagined Two Adaptations of His Earliest Plays


Call For Papers

Eugene O Neill Society & SETU

Academic Panel, Adapting Eugene O Neill, Call For Papers

We invite scholars, educators, and theatre artists to draft papers or artistic pieces (8-10 minutes) that speak to the theme of mourning and redemption in the work of Eugene O’Neill.

Academic Panel, Adapting Eugene O Neill, Call For Papers

Festival Package


Our special festival package invites our international visitors from the US and beyond to enjoy the local historical sites during the day as well as our Eugene O’Neill events by night.

Transport, accommodation, visits and attractions all included.

Eugene O Neill at Tao House

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