In the Zone Bay Area Radio Drama, 1988
Producer: Erik Bauersfeld Director: Jose Quintero Sound Design: Randy Thom
Artistic Director: Travis Bogard
Driscoll - Shay Duffin Swanson - Larry Drake Ivan - Erik Holland Davis - Tim Choate
Cocky - Ian
Abercrombie Smitty - Jim Paddock Paul - Carl Johnson Scotty - James Scalley
THE EUGENE O'NEILL PROJECT: 1986 -1995
The series was funded by the National Endowment for the
Humanities in commemoration of the one hundredth birthday (1988) of
Eugene O'Neill. BARD's funding was renewed by NEH for three
additional production periods. The series was produced by Erik
Bauersfeld. Artistic consultant Travis Bogard, preeminent O'Neill
scholar and author of Contour in Time, a study of O'Neill's
complete dramas. Bogard recorded special commentaries for the series
which are heard at the conclusion of each play. The notes below are
largely taken from Bogard's texts.
The plays were directed by José Quintero, with Sound Design and
final technical production by Randy Thom at Lucasfilm studios in
Nicascio, California. Lazarus Laughed, the final play in the series,
was never before produced in its entirety. In this series it was
directed by Ed Hastings with Sound Design by James McKee, music
written and directed by Lou Harrison. The series was Distributed in
the USA by National Public Radio. A selection of the plays was
broadcast by BBC in London and WDR Köln.
The opportunity to work with Director, José Quintero, was a profound
experience for the actors and those of us producing the plays.
Quintero is one of the masters of American theatre, and unique in
his understanding of O'Neill. Shortly after the four S.S.
Glencairn plays were recorded Quintero had to undergo surgery
involving his vocal chords. Thereafter he communicated remarkably
with a speech device. Fortunately all of Quintero's rehearsals and
talks with the actors were recorded. A documentary was produced by
James McKee and myself with selections from these recordings (see
Quintero Directs O'Neill, below). The excerpts were taken
principally from the Glencairn plays, before his surgery, but
include also selections from rehearsals of The Hairy Ape and
Emperor Jones. There is a transcription edited by Travis
Bogard of these later rehearsals, and there are considerably more
tapes in our archives to be edited and transcribed.
We wish to add here our great appreciation to José's friend Nick
Tsacrios for his close attendance and care for José during the long
days rehearsals and the years of production on this project.
Completion of the work and Quintero's subsequent work in the theatre
owed much to this guiding friendship.