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The Eleventh International Conference on Eugene O’Neill

"O'Neill Beyond the Horizon(s)"

Suffolk University, Boston, MA USA

6 - 10 July 2022

The Eugene O’Neill Society will be coming home to the very place the Society's first international conferences were held in the 1980s and 90s, Suffolk University, for its next International Conference on July 6-10, 2022. Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston’s downtown and close to several attractions, historical landmarks, and outstanding restaurants. Conference co-chairs Steven Bloom and Beth Wynstra, both Boston-area residents, will be planning all year for this event, held traditionally every three years at a site that held meaning to O’Neill in some capacity.

With the 100-year anniversary of Eugene O’Neill’s first full-length play—Beyond the Horizon (1920), which garnered his first Pulitzer Prize--and of the first play to break the color line on Broadway—The Emperor Jones (1920)—it seems fitting to look beyond the many horizons that have shaped O’Neill’s legacy for modern theatre.

Boston’s geography is central to the conference, just as it was foundational to O’Neill’s development as a playwright. O’Neill was tethered not only to Boston/Cambridge (his brief early stint at Harvard; his later stint at the Shelton Hotel, now part of Boston University; and his eternal stint at Forest Hills Cemetery), but also to spaces beyond Boston/Cambridge. Facing out to the Atlantic horizon from the Boston harbor, Cape Cod and Provincetown beckon from the right and Marblehead from the left. Indeed, New England remained an inspiration for the setting of many of O’Neill’s plays, including and beyond Beyond the Horizon. Together, these spaces constitute important grids of O’Neill’s performative cartography, offering fresh perspectives of the horizons beyond.

This conference takes up the themes of beyondness, performative afterlives, and breaking with conventions: beyond canonical readings of O’Neill’s plays and stagings to consider the legacy of O’Neill’s dramaturgical innovations. We seek participants who wish to explore O’Neill’s own experimentation in his lifetime as well as experimental approaches to O’Neill in our own time. We invite scholars, historians, directors, playwrights, actors, and teachers to examine new ways of engaging O’Neill, thereby expanding our own scholarly and pedagogical horizons.

We ask that you sign up and pay for your registration fee for the conference below: Regular $250, Graduate Student $100 (Choose one in the pull down menu for Registration Options). Because the numbers of those attending are important for planning, we request you do this as soon as possible. Conference registration includes a walking tour or O'Neill's Boston and a bus trip to Forest Hills Chapel and Cemetery.

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Accomodation Information:

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Room Block: $279/night
Link to Book Room at Society Rate

Suffolk University
Nathan R. Miller Hall
Single Occupancy Bedroom: $78/night
Double Occupancy Bedroom: $65/night per bed
Info can be found here
If you are interested in booking a dorm room, please contact Beth Wynstra at bethwynstra@gmail.com

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