The Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre “One Festival, Two Countries”

New Ross, Co. Wexford

The Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross is a cultural and civic celebration of the strong ties between Ireland and the United States exemplified by O’Neill’s Irish heritage. Eugene O’Neill’s father James, lived in nearby Tinneranny and emigrated from New Ross. Eugene O’Neill famously said, “The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I’m Irish.”


The cultural tie between the two countries will be reinforced by the partnership of the O’Neill Ancestral Trust of New Ross and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, of Danville, California, to produce the international O’Neill festival we are calling “One Festival, Two Countries.” The first half of the festival, the 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville, will be held throughout September 2019, and the second half, the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre, will be held in New Ross October 9-13, 2019.


Festival programme:



Long Day’s Journey into Night


8pm_Thursday & Friday, October 10th & 11th St. Michael’s Theatre


A long-revered showcase for tour-de-force performances, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece (published posthumously) lays bare what we all know to be true: the ardor of familial love cannot always protect you. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an autobiographical insight into its late, legendary playwright—and a compassionately brutal look at one family’s struggle to fight for love itself.


Strange Interlude 3.30pm_Saturday, October 12th St. Michael’s Theatre


Staged reading of ‘Strange Interlude’ The Pulitzer Prize winning experimental play in nine acts will be presented as a professional Irish production in a staged reading directed by Ben Barnes


The Diary of Maynard Perdu  8pm_Sunday, October 13th St. Michael’s Theatre


Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley.The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within.


The Glencairn Cycle Plays Twice Daily, October 10th to 13th Aboard The Dunbrody Famime Ship


On board the Dunbrody Famine Ship there will be a production of Eugene O’Neill’s cycle of one-act plays directed by Paul Walsh set aboard the fictional ship the ‘SS Glencairn’, Bound East for Cardiff, The Long Voyage Home and In the Zone. These three one-act plays will be presented in one sitting lasting an hour.


Lunchtime Readings 1pm_October 10th & 11th St. Michael’s Theatre gallery


Featuring a programme of readings and performances of a selection of O’Neill’s short plays and writings.


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