- Adrienne Earle Pender
- Hope Alexander
"Your legacy is that you're the greatest playwright in America. What's my legacy?"
Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking 1921 play, The Emperor Jones, was the first American play that featured an African-American actor in the lead role on Broadway. Charles S. Gilpin's portrayal of Emperor Brutus Jones was hailed as "revelatory," and he was named the finest actor of the age. The opening of The Emperor Jones made stars of both men; it was O'Neill's first commercial success, and Charles Gilpin became the toast of the theater world. But by 1926, O'Neill was a legend and Gilpin was lost to history. N explores the challenging relationship between Gilpin and O'Neill and how it ultimately hinged on one word; a word that lifted one of them to the heights of American theater, and a word that destroyed the other.
Side Note: Playwright (and TIP Board Member), Adrienne Earle Pender, was selected for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's Tao House Fellowship last year. The Foundation holds an O'Neill Festival every year, one of the largest in the country, and her latest play, N, has been selected to receive a workshop and a staged reading at this year's festival in September. It has also been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, a festival of new works.
|Feb., 2017||10-11, 16-18, 24-25||7:30 pm||Theatre in the Park|
|Feb., 2017||12,19, 26||3:00 pm||Theatre in the Park|