The End of the Beginning
O’Casey, Sean (Irish playwright, 1880-1964), “The End of the Beginning,”
a __-minute domestic farce in English, set in a big, comfortable kitchen, Ireland, on a fine early autumn evening, with the sun low in the heavens,
© 19_ by Sean O’Casey;
• in Sean O’Casey’s Collected Plays (London: Macmillan, 1949-52 [v. 2, 1952]), LCCN 50-617;
• also in Sean O’Casey’s Five One-Act Plays (London: Macmillan London, Ltd., 1958, 1962), LCCN 66-44996, reprinted in Pocket Papermacs (Papermac P84), 1975 (published with and can pair with “A Pair on Demand,” 3m1f), League of Dramatists;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 45th Street New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; Samuel French, Inc. 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Dept. W, Hollywood, California 90046-2785, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570; fax 323-876-6822; Samuel French, Inc. 11963 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604, U.S.A., telephone 818-762-0535; Samuel French (Canada) Ltd. 100 Lombard Street, Dept. W, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1M3, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416 363-1108; Samuel French, Ltd. 52 Fitzroy Street-Dept. W, London W1P 6JR, England, telephone (44207) 387-9373, fax (44207) 387-2161, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/sf/Pages/acted/sfactingeds.html.
• Cited in Play Index, 1949-1952: An Index to 2616 Plays in 1138 Volumes, compiled by Dorothy Herbert West (1901-__) and Dorothy Margaret Peake (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1953), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 53-8990, LCCN 64001054, 239 pp.
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“Irish life.”—West and Peake, 126.
“O’Casey, Sean Pronounced As: shôn , 1884-1964, Irish dramatist, one of the great figures of the Irish literary renaissance. A Protestant, he grew up in the slum district of Dublin and was active in various socialist movements and in the rebellions for Irish independence. His first plays, The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924), and The Plough and the Stars (1926), were performed by the Abbey Players with great success. These grim, satiric, and often violent tragicomedies are usually considered O’Casey’s most brilliant works. They all treat aspects of the Irish movement for independence, and they are not always kind to the Irish people. The Plough and the Stars, with its unsympathic treatment of the participants in the Easter Rebellion, touched off a riot in the theater, and after this event O’Casey left Ireland for England, never to return. His later plays, more experimental and expressionistic, include The Silver Tassie (rejected by the Abbey Theatre in 1928, but successfully produced in London and New York in 1929), Within the Gates (1934), Purple Dust (1940), Red Roses for Me (1942), and The Bishop’s Bonfire (1955). All of O’Casey’s plays exhibit a mastery of language and an unsentimental sympathy for the poor. His six autobiographical volumes-I Knock at the Door (1939), Pictures in the Hallway (1942), Drums under the Windows (1945), Inishfallen, Fare Thee Well (1949), Rose and Crown (1952), and Sunset and Evening Star (1954)-were collectively published as Mirror in My House (2 vol., 1956). He also wrote a book of drama criticism, The Green Crow (1956). His collected plays appeared in four volumes in 1949-51.”—Encyclopedia.com - Results for O’Casey, Sean, http://www.encyclopedia.com/articles/09457.html, accessed January 22, 2002.
• Research could include biographies by M. B. Marguiles (1970) and by his wife, Eileen O’Casey (1972); studies by R. Hogan (1960) and J. Simmons (1984).
• Not to be confused with William Butler Yeats’ (1865-1939) Five One-Act Plays, a sound recording (n.p.: Caedmon TRS 315-S, 1966), LCCN r66-3450, p. 6 s. 12 in. 33 1/3 rpm. microgroove, stereophonic, starring Cyril Cusack (1910-__), Siobhan McKenna (1923-__), and others; Howard Sackler, director, automatic sequence, notes by Walter Starkie and Cyril Cusack, biographical sketches, and the texts of the plays (30 p. illus., photos.) laid in container, containing “The Cat and the Moon,” “The Only Jealousy of Emer,” “The Pot of Broth,” “Purgatory,” “The Words upon the Window-Pane.”
Ireland, Irish life.