Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh
The lie of the pipe dream gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober!
Larry Slade, the Iceman Cometh
Prior to his career as a playwright, O'Neill lived for a time at a waterfront dive in New York City. He and his companions formed a community of lost souls ministered to by "Jimmy-the-Priest,” the owner of the flophouse.
His experiences at a bar called the "Hell Hole” are re-created in The Iceman Cometh. The misfits who populate Harry Hope's saloon have only their pipe dreams and whiskey to enable them to face each new day. Upon the arrival of Hickey, an itinerant salesman who promises them salvation, they are challenged to confront the illusions to which they cling. As they risk life outside the bar, they become terrified. One by one, they return defeated.
The pessimism of the play is tempered with music and the light-hearted banter of the saloon's inhabitants.
O'Neill conveys a deep compassion for those who have only a "hope in hopelessness” to sustain them
as they await the coming of the iceman - death.
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Location. 37° 49.24′ N, 121° 59.786′ W. Marker is in Danville, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville CA 94526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eugene O'Neill: The Tao House Plays (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Carlotta and Gene (a few steps from this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill: O'Neill in Danville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. This is one of eight O'Neill-related markers in the Eugene O'Neill commemorative park, located across the street from the library.
Also see . . . The Iceman Cometh (Wikipedia). "The Iceman Cometh is a play written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1939. First published in 1946, the play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 9, 1946, directed by Eddie Dowling, where it ran for 136 performances before closing on March 15, 1947." (Submitted on July 31, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.