Ah, Wilderness!

by  Eugene O'Neill

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 6f

"A breath of fresh air [...] A miracle of sense and sensibility [...] Vividly alive." - New York Post

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Ah, Wilderness!

by  Eugene O'Neill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 6f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Revived in 1998 to acclaim at New York's Lincoln Center, Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author's renowned dramas. Taking place over the July 4th weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender, retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.
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  • Nominee! 1989 Tony Award, Best Revival
    Nominee! 1998 Tony Award, Best Revival



"A breath of fresh air [...] A miracle of sense and sensibility [...] Vividly alive." - New York Post

"Happy days are here again in a positively winning revival [that is] [...] less a comedy than an elegy for a warm, safe, lost world [...] The note of tender elegy is sweet." - The New York Times 


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The sitting room and dining room of the Miller home. A bar in a small hotel. A strip of beach on the harbor.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)


9m, 6f
NAT MILLER - owner of The Evening Globe
ESSIE - his wife
ARTHUR - their son
RICHARD - their son
MILDRED - their daughter
TOMMY - their son
SID DAVIS - Essie's brother, reporter on the Waterbury Standard
LILY MILLER - Nat's sister
DAVID MCCOMBER - dry goods merchant
MURIEL MCCOMBER - his daughter
WINT SELBY - a classmate of Arthur's at Yale
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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 sentimental ...

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Ah, Wilderness! was first presented on Broadway by The Theatre Guild, Inc., at The Guild Theatre in New York City on October 2, 1933. It was directed by Philip Moeller.

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