Directed by Megan King
Thrown out of Princeton after only a year at university, Eugene O’Neill went to sea and drew on his experience of mariners and life on the ocean for several of his plays including some of the earliest that he offered to the Provincetown Players when they were just getting established in 1916.
This compact drama, set on a lifeboat, was first staged by them in 1917. Little known and seldom staged, it lasts only half an hour.
A ship which has presumably crossed the Atlantic has been wrecked somewhere off Newfoundland in thick fog. Three survivors have already been drifting for a day in a boat without oars: a successful businessman, a poet and a Polish emigrant who is nursing the body of her son who has died in her arms. Now, in the darkness, they wait for the dawn.