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Welcome back! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer. Outside of contracting Covid and tearing my rotator cuff, summer was a blast.
A lot of us were at the Boston O'Neill Conference in July. Now THAT really was a blast! It was great seeing my fellow O'Neillians strut their stuff. Much work went into the conference, but I think Beth & Steve deserve special kudos. It was also great to see Zander win a well-deserved medallion for his impressive contributions to the EOS over the years. The bus trip was a lot of fun - our tour guides sounded just like native Bostonians (sort of :-)). Visiting O'Neill's grave was a bittersweet, but memorable experience. Last but certainly not least, was William's & Eric's superlative play, Into Night: A Day at Tao House. I hope it becomes available online - outstanding work!
Now that summer is nearly over, it's time to charge into autumn and resume our monthly discussions of O'Neill's plays. I figure we can ease into this season with a short one-act play, Fog.
What can you say about this early gem? The only thing I can say is that if you liked Thirst, you'll love Fog. Why? Because Fog has the distinction of solving the trolley problem once and for all. There is a lifeboat out at sea drifting God knows where in thick fog with four inhabitants: a buttoned down businessman, a poet, a Polish peasant woman, and her dead baby (who may not really be dead). What could possibly go wrong? When the trolley problem arises (well, not really a trolley - last I heard they don't float), the greedy business man, of course, wants to save himself and sacrifice an entire steamship full of people. The poet disagrees, and the Polish woman and her baby also play parts in solving the trolley problem.
I know. I know. Some would say that this play doesn't really SOLVE the trolley problem, but it has the best solution I've ever heard of
What say you? Let's discuss this play on Thursday, Oct. 6 and we can figure it out together. Text of the play is here.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again!