O'Neill Celebration focuses on "Exorcism"

Earlier this year, Yale University Press published "Exorcism," Eugene O'Neill's "lost play."

It had been believed that all copies of the work had been destroyed, but a researcher discovered a remaining version of this one-act that O'Neill based on his own suicide attempt.

This year's O'Neill Celebration will focus on "Exorcism," which is being described as a prequel to "Long Day's Journey into Night." Celebration highlights are a reading of the play and then a panel discussion of it and its foreshadowing of "Long Day's Journey."

The O'Neill Celebration events - all free, all held at the Monte Cristo Cottage, 325 Pequot Ave., New London - are:

FRIDAY

8 p.m.: Outdoor film screening of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" starring Kevin Spacey and Jason Robards

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m.: Welcome and registration

10 a.m.: Reading of "Exorcism" with Reed Birney, Will Rogers, Jordan Gelbert, Jeremy Bobb and John Jellison

10:45 a.m.: Panel discussion on "Exorcism" and its foreshadowing of "Long Day's Journey"; panel includes Robert M. Dowling, Dan Sullivan and Beth Wynstra

12:30-3:30 p.m.: Monte Cristo Cottage open house

Register by calling (860) 443-5378, ext. 288, or email theaterlives@theoneill.org.

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