The Great God Brown

Cast: 4f 11m

Staging: various interior and exterior settings

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First Staged:
Greenwich Village Theatre, New York 1926

The Great God Brown

By Eugene O'Neill

A demonstration of O'Neill's expressionistic experimentation with masks to emphasise the distinction between characters, and the lack of understanding in human relationships.

Dion Anthony is joyful, sensual, and creative – on the outside, but when he removes his mask to reveal his haunted loneliness, his wife Margaret ceases to love or understand him. Dion's best friend, William Brown, has always admired Dion's capacity for giving and receiving love, especially Margaret's. Now Brown's need to protect has become a need to possess, and so when Dion dies Brown assumes his mask, his family and his wife. But to really become Dion Anthony, Brown has to kill William Brown – the William Brown beneath the mask.

Eugene O'Neill's play The Great God Brown was first performed at Greenwich Village Theater, New York, in January 1926. Its UK premiere was at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, in 1932, and it was later performed at Westminster Theatre, London, in December 1938.

Cast: 4f 11m

Staging:various interior and exterior settings

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Imprint: Nick Hern Books

Also by Eugene O'Neill:

Long Day's Journey into Night
The Hairy Ape
Anna Christie
Strange Interlude
A Touch of the Poet
The Iceman Cometh
All God's Chillun Got Wings
Ah! Wilderness
Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Mourning Becomes Electra
The Hairy Ape & All God's Chillun Got Wings
The Emperor Jones
Desire Under the Elms & The Great God Brown
Desire Under the Elms

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