A recently unearthed one-act play by
The celebration honors the American playwright, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and the only American dramatist to receive the
There will also be a panel discussion on the play, free tours of the home and a screening of the film "Long Day's Journey Into Night" starring
"Exorcism, written by O’Neill in his early 30s, is viewed as autobiographical work, and a prequel to the more well-known "Long Day’s Journey Into Night." According to the center: "It details ongoing inner toils with self, with family, and with addiction – all prominent themes for the more famous work. O’Neill believed he’d destroyed all known copies of the work. 90 years later, a copy of the manuscript was unearthed."
The celebration opens on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., with the film screening.
The reading will be held Saturday, oct. 6 at 10 a.m., directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference.
Cast are Reed Birney, who received a Special 2012
Following the reading, a panel of O'Neill experts will deconstruct the work in the context of its foreshadowing of "Long Day's Journey Into Night."
The Monte Cristo Cottage, located at 325 Pequot Ave., will be open to the public following the events for free tours until 3:30 p.m.