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Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night

 
 
Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2020
1. Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night Marker
Marker photo detail: "Brian Dennehy (James), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jamie), Vanessa Redgrave (Mary), and Robert Sean Lconard (Edmund) in the 2003 revival at the Plymouth Theatre, New York City."
Inscription.  
That's what makes it so hard - for all of us. We can't forget.
Mary Tyrone, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Eugene O’Neill was the son of the actor James O'Neill and Mary Ellen Quinlan. He spent his childhood either in Catholic boarding schools or on tour with his parents while his father performed The Count of Monte Cristo in theatres around the country. The play exemplified the kind of theatre the young O'Neill would grow to detest.

In adolescence, the discovery of his mother's morphine addiction affected O'Neill deeply. With his older brother, Jamie, he took refuge in the theatres, music halls, bars, and brothels of New York City. As he entered adulthood his life floundered. He was a seaman for a time. At age 23, he attempted suicide and, a few months later, contracted tuberculosis. Following his recovery in a sanitarium, he wrote his first play.

The painful events of his early years were locked in his memory. In his account of the Tyrone family in Long Day's Journey into Night, O'Neill faced the ghosts of his past and released their hold on him.
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In the play's dedication, he confides that it was written "with deep pity and understanding and forgiveness for all the four haunted Tyrones."

Brian Dennehy (James), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jamie), Vanessa Redgrave (Mary), and Robert Sean Lconard (Edmund) in the 2003 revival at the Plymouth Theatre, New York City.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 2003.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 37° 49.245′ N, 121° 59.793′ W. Marker was in Danville, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker was on Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Danville CA 94526, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Carlotta and Gene (a few steps from this marker); Eugene O'Neill: O'Neill in Danville (a few steps from this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize
Former marker location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, June 16, 2022
2. Former marker location
(within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); Danville Grammar School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tatcan Bay Miwok Indians (about 300 feet away); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
More about this marker. The marker is one of eight O'Neill-related markers in the Eugene O'Neill Commemorative Park, located across the street from the public library.
 
Also see . . .  Long Day's Journey into Night. "Long Day's Journey into Night is a drama play in four acts written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1941–42, first published in 1956. The play is widely considered to be his magnum opus and one of the finest American plays of the 20th century. It premiered in Sweden in February 1956 and then opened on Broadway in November 1956, winning the Tony Award for Best Play." (Submitted on July 31, 2020.) 
 
Additional keywords. Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night
Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2020
3. Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night Marker - wide view
The marker is the closest on the right.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 122 times this year. Last updated on June 17, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. Photos:   1. submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.   2. submitted on June 18, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   3. submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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