by  Eugene O'Neill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 3f

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Embittered by the revelations of the true character of his father and mother, young, impressionable Reuben Light undergoes a transformation from a God-fearing youth to a cynical atheist. Mystically attracted to a humming dynamo at the plant where he is employed, Reuben begins to worship this man-made idol as the mother of the universe, offering his sweetheart, simpleminded Ada, as a blood sacrifice in atonement for his sins of lust and dying himself in a last fatal embrace with the monstrous machine.
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Death, Love, Religion


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


5m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

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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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First performed in March 1929.

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