• Eugene O'Neill at Tao House

    Eugene O'Neill

    National Historic Site California

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  • Eugene O'Neill NHS Reduces Days Open

    We will be closed for tours Mondays through Thursdays. Guided tours by reservation are on Fridays and Sundays at 10 & 2. Our self-guided Saturdays Without Reservations shuttle pick-up will be at 205 Railroad Ave., Danville, at 10:15 AM, 12:15 & 2:15 PM.

Eugene O'Neill and Theatre

Nobel Prize for Literature
In 1936, Eugene O'Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Prize is the highest international recognition given to honor the creativity of the human mind. View O'Neill's Prize, and an English translation.
O'Neill's Long Day's Journey
Until he came to Tao House in Danville, California, Eugene O'Neill had been a wanderer. Read about O'Neill's life, trials, tribulations, and development into one of America's greatest playwrights.

American Drama Transformed
Growing up literally backstage in the theatre of his father, O'Neill responded instinctively to the realism and experimental techniques of the European dramatists Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, and especially Strindberg.


The Tao House Plays
At Tao House, Eugene O'Neill wrote the plays he had been germinating for years, tapping painful memories and working them into compelling theatre.


O'Neill's Works on Film
View a comprehensive list of O'Neill's plays made into movies, the year released, and the starring actors.

Selected Readings
View a comprehensive listing of selected readings for more information on Eugene O'Neill.

Did You Know?

Production of O'Neill's play The Emperor Jones

Eugene O’Neill wrote lead roles for African-American actors and inter-racial couples in the segregated society and theatre of the 1920s.