Desire under the Elms
Desire under the Elms  is a 1924 play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) . A classic play about love and desire in a rural American family. One of the great plays of the 20th century, it was first performed by the Proivince town Players in Greenwhich Village in 1924, starring Walter Huston. Also published in America in 1924. The first film, starring Sophia Loren, Burl Ives and Anthony Perkins, was made in 1958. ***
The original text
The play was inspired by the Greek myth of Phaedra, Hippolytus, and Theseus.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1973: Begeerte, the Ferreira Afrikaans translation, was staged by PACT in the Arena Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Barney Simon, with Aletta Bezuidenhout (Abbie), Carel Trichardt (Ephraim) and Marcel van Heerden (Eben).
2006: Janice Honeyman adapted the Afrikaans text to a South African environment in her 2006 production for the KKNK and the Baxter Theatre, design by Birrie le Roux, music by Royston Stoffels and starring Marius Weyers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Jan Ellis.
2014: Performed in the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter Theatre 9-26 July. Transposed from O'Neill's New England setting to the Eastern Cape in the 1890s, directed by Fred Abrahamse with Mbali Bloom, Robin Smith and Marcel Meyer.
Inskip, 1972. p.123. (1938 production).
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