In the Zone

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

The original text

A one-act play about the adventures of the crew of a small tramp steamer in World War I.

The play was first performed from 31 October 31, 1917 to 27 April, 1918 by The Washington Square Players at The Comedy Theatre in New York. 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

The BBC produced a TV version in 1946 and in 1957 another TV version was broadcast in Australia.

Translated into Afrikaans as In die Gevaarsone ("in the danger zone") and adapted for radio by S.J. Pretorius in 1985.

Performance history in South Africa

1985: Broadcast in the programme Kleinteater by the SABC's Afrikaans radio service on 10 June, directed by Margot Luyt.


Copy of the typed SABC performance text of In die Gevaarsone, held in the Drama Department archive, University of Stellenbosch.

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