O'Neill's one-act play Bound East for Cardiff opened on November 3, 1916, at New York University's Provincetown Playhouse, which is where the celebration will be held. The event is a project of Yale’s Beinecke Library — where the original manuscript of the play is held — and the Playwrights Theater of New York.
The events juxtapose O’Neill's major works with O'Neill works that were written or premiered in 1916. For the events, the veteran actors will join with Playwrights Theater's Yale alumni company.
The events follow:
Dec. 30 at 8 PM — Songs heard in The Iceman Cometh and Ah!, Wilderness will be performed by the cabaret singer Steve Ross along with Yale students and alumni. The cast will also read letters and poems written by O’Neill in 1916.
Jan. 5 at 8 PM — Durning will read excerpts from The Iceman Cometh, which will be paired with the similarly themed 1916 short story "Tomorrow."
Jan. 6 at 8 PM — Yulin and Chalfant will read excerpts from the comedies Ah!, Wilderness and Now I Ask You.
Jan. 7 at 7 PM — Murray and Kristoffer Polaha will read passages from Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which will be juxtaposed with excerpts from Bound East for Cardiff and other O’Neill passages associated with the sea.
Alana Hughes, a 16 year-old from New Haven, has written a play called Love of a Son, inspired by a study of O’Neill in 1916, which goes up Jan. 4 at 10:30 AM and Jan. 7 at 4 PM.
The Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 Macdougal Street in Manhattan. All performances are free, and will be filled on a first-come basis. The house will open 30 minutes before curtain.