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Ile is a one act play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill [1] (1888-1953).

The original text

The play was first performed in 1917 and published in 1919, it is among the earliest dramatic works of Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, who went on to become the leading American playwright of his generation. Its title represents pronunciation of the word oil, referring to whale oil, in the dialect, or specialized language, of New England whale fishermen.

The text first published in the 1919 collection of O'Neill's plays entitled The Moon of the Caribbees and Six Other Plays of the Sea by Boni and Liveright, New York, 1919.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Traan ("(human) tear") and adapted for radio. Broadcast on the AQfrikaans Ser vice of the SABC on 6 November 1963, directed by Babs Laker. A new version broadcast on the programme Kleinteater, 10 April 2007.

Performance history in South Africa

1931: Presented by the Repertory Theatre Society, later known as the Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society performed 28 September 1931 in a double bill with The Good and Obedient Young Man (Barr and Stevens).


NELM: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 61.

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