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A Touch of the Poet

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 ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • UPC: 032031262492
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Time: 2:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 71,264

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fritz Weaver Cornelius Melody
John Heffernan
Roberta Maxwell
Donald Moffat
Carrie Nye
Nancy Marchand
John Phaelen
Technical Credits
Kirk Browning Director
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
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