2017 - International Eugene O'Neill Conference, July 19-22

The Eugene O‘Neill International Society is proud to announce the five people it will recognize with its highest honour, the Eugene O‘Neill Medallion. Society president J. Chris Westgate will present the awards at its 10th International Conference in Galway, Ireland, in July 2017. The Medallion recognizes distinguished O‘Neillians who have dedicated significant portions of their careers to furthering knowledge and appreciation of O‘Neill.

Two of the awardees, Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, are esteemed actors of stage, film and television who have won critical acclaim for their portrayals of characters in O‘Neill plays. Lange played Mary Tyrone of Long Day’s Journey Into Night in London in 2005 and again in 2016 in the Round-about Theatre‘s Broadway production, directed by Jonathan Kent, when she won a Tony award for her performance. Dublin-born Byrne has also per-formed O‘Neill on Broadway, garnering Tony nominations for his roles as James Tyrone, opposite Jessica Lange, in Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2016 and as James Tyrone Jr. in A Moon for the Misbegotten in 2000. He also won the Outer Critics Circle Award 2005-2006 for his performance as Con Melody in A Touch of the Poet

The other awardees, Steven F. Bloom, Robert M. Dowling, and William Davies King, are Society members who have provided a high level of scholar-ship during their years of service. Among their many accomplishments, all are educators, researchers, and authors. In addition Bloom, a past president, chairs the board of directors. Dowling, the Society vice president, is the author of Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts. King is editor emeritus of The Eugene O’Neill Review as well as editor of Long Day’s Journey Into Night: Multimedia Edition.