Tickets still available to 'meet' Eugene O'Neill

Museum speaker series presenting portrayal of famed playwright, wife

The name Eugene O'Neill is synonymous with the American theater, and the Tri-Valley.

In a 20-year period, beginning with his first New York production in 1916 and culminating with the Nobel Prize in 1936, playwright O'Neill transformed the Broadway stage into a laboratory for serious works that could examine the American psyche.

By the late '30s and '40s he had moved to a quieter life with his wife Carlotta Monterey to the hills above Danville, where he continued to write, producing some of his most famous works, including "The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

Now theater enthusiasts can enjoy meeting the O'Neills and learning more about them in Museum on Main's "An Evening with..." speaker series, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Firehouse Arts Center. They will come to life via Chautauquan-style actors Brian Kral and his wife, educator and actress Dale Kral.

Eugene O'Neill and Carlotta Monterey were married for 24 years, and although their relationship was at times tumultuous they never divorced and Monterey remained loyal to her husband's legacy after his death. Their home in Danville was built mostly in the oriental style, dubbed Tao House, and is now part of the National Park Service and open for tours. Performances of O'Neill's works are often performed in its Old Barn Theater.

Cost is $15; $10 for seniors and students; and $7 for museum members. Purchase online at, at the Museum on Main during regular operating hours, or by calling 462-2766.

Tickets to the canceled "An Afternoon or Evening with Colonel Charles Young" may also be used for the replacement performance of Eugene O'Neill and Carlotta Monterey.

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