Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

Promoting Irish Literature and the Arts in Monaco

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POSTPONED : EUGENE O’NEILL

This has been postponed until further notice:

Our next show will be extracts from A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh and Ile (a one act play) by Eugene O’Neill, on Friday, 20 March 2020 at 8.30pm, The Auditorium du Collège Charles III, Avenue de l’Annonciade, Monaco.

And also on Saturday, 25 April at the Theatre Exupéry, Menton – in association with the British Association.

A Moon for the Misbegotten : Set in a dilapidated Connecticut house in early September 1923, the play focuses on three characters: Josie, a domineering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation, her conniving father, tenant farmer Phil Hogan, and James Tyrone Jr, Hogan’s landlord and drinking companion, a cynical alcoholic haunted by the death of his mother.

The Iceman Cometh : Set in New York in 1912 in Harry Hope’s downmarket Greenwich Village saloon and rooming house. As the play opens, the regulars are expecting Hickey to arrive in time for Harry’s birthday party. The first act introduces the various characters as they bicker among themselves, showing how drunk and delusional they are, all the while awaiting Hickey.

Ile : The one act play  is set about Captain David Keeney, a man obsessed with finding oil, and his wife, who joins him on his ship for what ends up being a two-year voyage in the middle of the ocean that tests the limits of everyone on board. The crew is determined to track down whales to find “ile” (oil), but instead end up barged in ice for months, and the dejection is palpable from the beginning of the first scene.

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Culture Snippets

 

Eugene O' Neill

Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature.  He was the son of Irish immigrant actor James O’Neill and Mary Ellen Quinlan, who was also of Irish descent. His father suffered from alcoholism; his mother from an addiction to morphine, prescribed to relieve the pains of the difficult birth of her third son, Eugene. O’Neill spent several years at sea, during which he suffered from depression and alcoholism. Despite this, he had a deep love for the sea and it became a prominent theme in many of his plays, several of which are set on board ships like those on which he worked.

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