Screening of Edwin Porter’s 1913 film of The Count of Monte Cristo, starring James O’Neill and an illustrated talk on the relationship between James O’Neill, his son Eugene, and their Irish roots.
The opening night will be an evening honouring Eugene’s father James O’Neill who left New Ross as a five-year-old in 1851. He himself became a famous actor and we will be showing one of the first silent Black and White movies, the Count of Monte Cristo, with James O’Neill himself in the starring role, giving the young boy who left New Ross on the Graves ship, the India, his posthumous New Ross debut. This will be a very unique event with a specially commissioned original score.
Long Day's Journey Into NightHughie by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Eric Hayes, artistic director Eugene O’Neill Foundation.
Eugene O’Neill Foundation Tao House production directed by Eric Frazier Hayesr
More Stately Mansions, by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Ben Barnes
In a Staged Reading Directed by Ben Barnes Ireland’s first staging of this epic play in two parts The play, as one commentator has put it, offers “a vision of American history which borrows from the past in order to create images of the present and future.” The play features the familial tensions, the jealousies and resentments that typify O’Neill’s work and surface so memorably in his play Long Day’s Journey into Night, composed as O’Neill’s interest in the eleven play cycle waned. The play also examines the great figure in O’Neill, “the possessor self-dispossessed” (as the subtitle of the eleven play cycle puts it) or the man who gains the world only to lose his soul, a tragic phenomenon O’Neill explored repeatedly through his work. St Michael's Theatre, New Ross Saturday October 16th 3.30pm and 8.00pm Admission €30.00
The Diary of Maynard Perdu by Billy Roche
Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within.
O’Neill’s S.S. Glencairn Cycle performed on-board the Dunbrody Famine Ship
Bound East for Cardiff, The Long Voyage Home, In the Zone, and Moon of the Caribbees. These 4 one act plays presented in one sitting lasting approx. 1 hour.
Lunchtime talks each day Thursday to Sunday in the order below:
The Great Famine and Irish Literature
The Graves Shipping Company and the New Ross Diaspora
Eugene O’Neill’s Influence on Modern Irish Theatre
Trends and Developments in Recent Irish Literature and Theatre