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A Moon for the Misbegotten - Full Length Play, Drama

A Moon for the Misbegotten

Eugene O'Neill

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573612466

Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegottenbrings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr. to the home of his tenant farmer, Mike Hogan, a salty Irish geezer.

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Full Length Play


More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s, 1920s

Settings Of Play - A rockstrewn farm in Connecticut in 1923.


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Exterior Set

Period Costumes


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From Broadway

Nominee! 2000 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2000 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr. to the home of his tenant farmer, Mike Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s voluptuous, Amazon-like daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. When dawn comes, the moon is gone and so is the man, leaving Josie with a new challenge to her dauntless spirit.


"Another beautiful play by O'Neill [...] a compelling piece for the theatre." - New York Daily News

A Moon for the Misbegotten was first presented on Broadway by Mr. Capalbo and Stanley Chase at the Bijou Theatre in New York City on May 2, 1957. It was directed by Carmen Capalbo. The play was subsequently revived on Broadway in 1973 by Elliot Martin and Lester Osterman Productions at the Morosco Theatre, directed by Jose Quintero; in 1984 by The Shubert Organization at the Cort Theatre, directed by David Leveaux; in 2000 by Elliot Martin, Chase Mishkin, Max Cooper and Jujamcyn Theatres at the Walter Kerr Theatre, directed by Daniel Sullivan; and in 2007 by Elliot Martin, Max Cooper, The Old Vic Company, and others at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, directed by Howard Davies.


4m, 1f

JOSIE HOGAN - Daughter of Phil Hogan and sister of Mike Hogan. She has a rough tongue, a bad reputation, and a heart of gold. 
MIKE HOGAN - Youngest son of Phil Hogan and brother of Josie Hogan. He is "primly self-righteous."
PHIL HOGAN - Father of Josie Hogan and Mike Hogan.  Phil is a tenant of James Tyrone, Jr., on a rockstrewn farm in Connecticut. He is a feisty, stocky little Irishman with a wicked sense of verbal humor and an enormous capacity for liquor. 
JAMES TYRONE, JR. - Landlord of the Hogan's farm. An alcoholic and the effects and age show on his body, though he is still charming.
T. STEDMAN HARDER - Heir to Standard Oil money, and neighbor of Phil Hogan. Harder is living the life of a country gentleman, and endeavoring to look the part.
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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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