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A Moon for the Misbegotten

A Moon for the Misbegotten
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Eugene O'Neill
Introduction by: Stephen A. Black
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 149
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0300118155
ISBN-13: 9780300118155
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men

About the Play:

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

A Moon for the Misbegotten is a full-length drama by Nobel Laureate and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O'Neill. His last completed play, this is a sequel to his semi-autobiographical Long Day's Journey Into Night and picks up eleven years later, as Jim Tyrone (based on O'Neill's older brother Jamie) grasps at a last chance at love under the full moonlight. Set in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse in 1923, this American classic centers on Josie, a towering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation; her conniving father, Phil Hogan; and Jim Tyrone, Hogan's landlord and drinking companion, a cynical alcoholic haunted by the death of his mother.

Following the events of O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James "Jamie" Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Mike Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan's voluptuous, amazon-like daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. When dawn comes, the moon is gone and so is the man, leaving Josie with a new challenge to her dauntless spirit. This paperback edition features an insightful introduction by Stephen A. Black, helpful to anyone who desires a deeper understanding of O'Neill's work.

A Moon for the Misbegotten was first presented on Broadway at the Bijou Theatre in New York City in 1957. The play was subsequently revived on Broadway in 1973 at the Morosco Theatre; in 1984 at the Cort Theatre; in 2000 at the Walter Kerr Theatre; and in 2007 by The Old Vic Company, and others at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"It is not excessive to write that O'Neill created serious American drama." — Tony Kushner

"Another beautiful play by O'Neill... a compelling piece for the theatre." — New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

Eugene O'Neill (1889–1953), the father of American drama, the author of 49 plays, won four Pulitzer Prizes for drama, and is the only American playwright to have received a Nobel Prize (1936).

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