S.E. Wilmer

University of Dublin

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Cycnos | Volume 9 | 2.

Censorship and Ideology: Eugene O’Neill (The Hairy Ape)

“Eugene O’Neill encountered censorship problems with a number of his plays, most notably All God’s Chillun Got Wings, Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude and The Hairy Ape. All God’s Chillun aroused a great deal of controversy because it treated the subject of inter-racial marriage. Before the play opened at the Provincetown Playhouse in 1924, the newspapers announced that a white actress, Mary Blair, would kiss the hand of a black actor, Paul Robeson, during the performance. Right-wing groups including the Ku Klux Klan were irate and threatened members of the production team. The playwright Augustus Thomas, when asked for his comment ...”

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