Touch of the Poet

A Touch of the Poet

Director: Kirk Browning

Cast: Fritz Weaver, John Heffernan, Roberta Maxwell

     
 
A Touch of the Poet is the only completed play in Eugene O'Neill's planned 11-part "American History" cycle. Set in a rundown tavern in 1820s Boston, Poet focuses on the relationships between tavern owner Con Melody, his wife Nora, and daughter Sara. Born into wealth in the old country, Con has fallen on hard times, a consequence of a disgrace he

Overview

A Touch of the Poet is the only completed play in Eugene O'Neill's planned 11-part "American History" cycle. Set in a rundown tavern in 1820s Boston, Poet focuses on the relationships between tavern owner Con Melody, his wife Nora, and daughter Sara. Born into wealth in the old country, Con has fallen on hard times, a consequence of a disgrace he suffered while serving in the Peninsular Wars. He took his family to start over in America but lost his fortune buying a secluded inn that attracts few customers. He maintains his haughty airs, however, and constantly abuses his loving, hard-working wife, which only makes Sara more scornful of her father's inability to face reality. For her part, Sara is in love with Simon, a wealthy American who has taken ill. When Simon's father arrives on the scene, he takes a quick measure of the kind of man Con is and forbids Simon and Sara from marrying. Greatly offended, Con swears to avenge this insult, but the result of his efforts are far different than what he intended. This production originally aired as part of PBS's Theatre in America series.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
UPC:
0032031262492
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Time:
2:30:00

Special Features

Chaptering for easy access to all acts of every play; Indexing to easily locate key segments; Previews of other broadway theatre archive plays

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Part I [39:10]
2. Part II [28:03]
3. Part III [3:47]
4. Part IV [24:29]
5. Credits [45:21]

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