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Eugene O’Neill in Provinceto
Before Breakfast opened at The Playwright’s Theatre in New York, December 1, 1916.


    by Eugene O’Neill

    Mrs. Rowland: Catherine Willis
    Technical Production by: John Whiting
    Adapted and Directed by: Erik Bauersfeld

    An unhappy alcoholic housewife complains about her unfaithful alcoholic husband, who listens from the bathroom while shaving. The husband does not appear in the play except for his hand, “a sensitive hand with slender fingers” reaching for a bowl of hot water and moments later his voice groaning as he cuts his throat. At the initial performance, December 1, 1916 by the Playwright’s Theatre (NYC), the part of Albert was played by O’Neill himself.

    Length: 30:00

    Listen: Earshot


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