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Exorcism  - Short Play, Drama

Exorcism

Eugene O'Neill

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Short Play, Drama

5m

ISBN: 9780573702006

Revolving around a suicide attempt, Exorcism draws on a dark incident in O’Neill’s own life. This defining event led to his first serious efforts to write... 

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Biography, Period

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - 1920s, 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - Interior of a New York City rooming house. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Revolving around a suicide attempt, Exorcism draws on a dark incident in O’Neill’s own life. This defining event led to his first serious efforts to write. Exorcism displays early examples of O’Neill’s unparalleled skills of capturing deeply personal human drama, and it explores major themes—mourning and melancholia, addiction and sobriety, tensions between fathers and sons—that would permeate his later work.
"Exorcism might be read as a preparatory sketch that resonates powerfully with Long Day’s Journey into Night, one that brings the O’Neill family drama full circle in ways at once intimate and grandly conceived.” - Louise Bernard, Yale Univeristy 

"Exorcism [is] a kind of portrait of the artist as a young man." - npr.org
Premiered with the Provincetown Players in 1920.
Characters

CASTING

5m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NED MALLOY
JIMMY - his roommate
MAJOR ANDREWS
EDWARD MALLOY - Ned’s father
NORDSTRUM
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill

When Eugene O’Neill (1888 – 1953) began writing for the stage early in the 20th century, the American theatre was dominated by vaudeville and romantic melodramas. Influenced by Strindberg, Ibsen, and other European playwrights, O’Neill vowed to create a theatre in America, stripped of false sentimentality, which would explore the deepest stirrings of the human spirit. In 1914, he wrote: “I want to ... view full profile

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