The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival in New Ross, called “One Festival, Two Countries,” was a big success. The first half of the festival, the 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville, was held throughout September 2018, and the second half, the First Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre, was held in New Ross October 11-14, 2018, with over 50 visitors from the O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, in attendance.
The Festival took advantage of the Dunbrody, the full-scale replica of a Famine ship anchored in New Ross, to present a site-specific production of O’Neill’s Glencairn cycle of one-act sea plays.
Meanwhile, director Eric Hayes’ Danville production of O’Neill’s Hughie was staged at St Michael’s Theatre.
Eugene O’Neill’s father James was born not far from New Ross, across the border in Kilkenny. ♦