The Emperor Jones
An expressionist play in
eight scenes; a monodrama. The action "takes place on an Island
in the West Indies as yet not self-determined by White Marines.
The form of native government is, for the time being, an
The Hairy Ape
"A Comedy of
Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes" is what O'Neill called this
play, also noting that "it seems to run the whole gamut from extreme
naturalism to extreme expressionism—with more of the latter than the
play in four acts; awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1922.
Desire Under the Elms
in three parts and twelve scenes laid "in, and immediately outside of,
the Cabot farmhouse in New England, in the year 1850."
play in two parts and nine acts, covering twenty-five years, 1919-1944,
though chronological dates are irrelevant to this play, the personal
passage of internal time being much more important.
A play in four acts and seven
scenes, O'Neill's only performed comedy, set in "a large small-town in
Connecticut," July 4-5, 1906.
The Iceman Cometh
in four acts set in "a cheap ginmill .. . situated on the downtown West
Side of New York." The action covers two days and nights in early
Long Day's Journey Into Night
A play in four acts and five scenes, "a play
of old sorrow, written in tears and blood," awarded the Pulitzer Prize
in 1957. This autobiographical play takes place from 8:30 A.M. to around
midnight on an August day, 1912.
for the Misbegotten
A semi-autobiographical play in four acts;
O'Neill's tribute to his brother, James O'Neill, Jr. The action takes
place between noon on an early September day in 1923 and dawn the