Schedule of events
Here's a list of O'Neill Festival events scheduled through September.
If you are new to Tao House, it's important to realize there is no direct access. Those visiting the house on Saturdays when it is open must take a free shuttle from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. During the 2 p.m. tour Sept. 22, a member of the National Park Service staff will make a special presentation in the Old Barn about the construction of Tao House.
Role Players Ensemble will perform O'Neill's play "Ah, Wilderness" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 22 as the company's season-opener. All performances are in the Village Theatre at 233 Front St. in Danville. Tickets, at $20 to $28 and may be reserved at 925-314-3400 or at www.villagetheatreshow.com.
"O'Neill's Danville:1937-44," a presentation by Beverly Lane on the O'Neills' relationship with their adapted town, will be presented at the Village Theatre at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Admission is free.
"Tao House ... Through Artists' Eyes" -- the Alamo-Danville Artists Society exhibit of works inspired by the O'Neill home is on display from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and one hour before all performances at the theater. Call 925-314-3460. Admission is free, but
O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten," about the author's brother, Jamie, will be presented in the Old Barn at Tao House at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 through Sept. 29 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Performed by Mountain View's Pear Avenue Theatre, tickets to the show cost $35. Reservations may be made at 925-946-0106 or www.eugeneoneill.org. Before the play on Friday and Saturday evenings, audiences are invited to attend a preshow fundraiser to support programs of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. It includes a deli-boxed dinner with wine, beer and desserts on the Tao House grounds along with music from the late '30s and a brief lecture on "A Moon for the Misbegotten," by Dan Cawthon, a professor emeritus at Saint Mary's College. Admission is $75, which includes priority seating for the play. An O'Neill Foundation shuttle bus is provided by the National Park Service and leaves the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in downtown Danville at 6 p.m.