The Hairy Ape
The Hairy Ape is Eugene O'Neill's nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people.
Robert 'Yank' Smith, an animalistic stoker, breaks free from his engine-room confines when he is spurned by the glamorous society woman, Mildred Douglas. Looking to find his free self out in the 'real' world, Yank goes on the rampage – but how much will his freedom cost him? And is there really any such thing?
The Hairy Ape was first staged at the Playwrights' Theater, New York, in March 1922.
'A stark and forceful piece'Exuent Magazine
'O'Neill's play is an existentialist rollercoaster powered by a poetry'Time Out
'In a time of austerity and job losses the playwright's rant against the ruling classes, giving voice to the embittered working man, does not go amiss'Londonist
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