The ghost of a Nobel and Pulitzer prizewinning playwright has been appearing in the mortal world at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre in Pasadena this month to explain the inspiration of his life-long achievements, many of which resulted from deep personal pain and alcohol abuse.
FOR THE RECORD: This corrects an earlier version that mispelled Eugene O'Neill's name.
Actor-writer James Cady bravely takes the stage alone and gives a raw performance, starring in the work of fiction he crafted around the great playwright Eugene O’Neill, who is searching for meaning in his afterlife, while sharing pivotal memories.
Cady, also a veteran director, first became interested with O’Neill in 1975, when he studied under U.C. Berkeley professor and O’Neill expert, Travis Bogard. Back then, Cady complained to Bogard that he had nothing in common with O’Neil, but Bogard assured him that if he lived long enough, it would all make sense one day. That truth manifested as Cady’s passionate and somewhat dark, nearly 90-minute play.