A Moon for the Misbegotten

by  Eugene O'Neill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

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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A Moon for the Misbegotten

by  Eugene O'Neill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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.
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  • Nominee! 2000 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Play
    Nominee! 2000 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play



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




Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A rockstrewn farm in Connecticut in 1923.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


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

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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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.

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