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O'Neill Celebration focuses on "Exorcism"

Published October 04. 2012 4:00AM

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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