I snapped the photo above on our PlayGround field trip to Tao House in Danville, where Eugene O’Neill wrote the plays considered his masterpieces: Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh. I can see how that view might inspire you to greatness.
I post it because tonight is Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep, and the topic this month was THE HAIRY APE, inspired by O’Neill’s play. Six short plays will get staged readings tonight; I’m hoping at least one features a monkey:
- Trolls by Cass Brayton
- The Audition by Alex Moggridge
- The Cow by Evelyn Jean Pine
- Very Smart Dog by Dan Rubin
- Mugging by Nick Turner
- The Safety of Pools by Malachy Walsh
Last month, it was completely packed in the Roda Theater. If you want to check it out tonight, you might want to buy tickets online ahead of time.