E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O'Neill

Jo Morello
Directed By: 
Kathi E.B. Eillis
September 13, 2013 to September 15, 2013
September 19, 2013 to September 22, 2013
Clint Gill - Gene
Tom Phillips - Jamie,Saxe,Reporter,Mayo
Alana Ghent - Carlotta
Amy Faust - Agnes


Winner of the Second Bi-Annual Kentucky Women Writers Prize for Women Playwrights.

A play about two of O'Neill's ill-fated loves and their significant impact on his life and work. E.G.O. spans almost four decades of O'Neill's life, from the moment he met Agnes--who became his second wife—through his passionate affair with Carlotta, his turbulent divorce, his third marriage and finally, his death and the fate of his literary heritage, ultimately shaped by his widow Carlotta.

"Morello adeptly chronicles O'Neill's twice-over matrimonial deterioration in all its agonizing reality, coupled with the familial addictions that continued to haunt him for the rest of his life." - American playwright, television writer and activist, Kia Corthron


The Downtown Arts Center is located at:
141 East Main Street Lexington, KY 40507

LexArts: 859-225-0370 (Reservations for E.G.O. only  )

E.G.O Show Times:

  • Friday Sept 13 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday Sept 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday Sept 15 2:00 PM
  • Thursday Sept 19 at 7:30 PM ("PAY WHAT YOU CAN" PERFORMANCE)
  • Friday Sept 20 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday Sept 21 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday Sept 22 2:00 PM


Ticket Price: 
$20 Regular / $15 Student
Groups of 10 or more $12 (Must confirm reservation)
About The Playwright: 

Jo Morello has been writing ever since she was first published at 8. Later she produced summer stock for three years and eventually became a playwright, winning two contests with her first attempt. Her plays have been winners or finalists of dozens of competitions including Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs (six awards); NEA; O'Neill Theatre Center Young People's Drama Project; Kentucky Women Writers Conference; Choate Rosemary Hall Discovery; and Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Children’s Theatre competition.

Other productions include THE CRASH AT CRUSH (Dallas Hub Theater, 2008); THE SPLIT, with Jack Gilhooley (Manatee Players, Bradenton, FL, 2004);  GENE & AGGIE (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, NYC, 2004); and THE FABULOUS MRS. PALMER, with Diana Colson (Manatee Community College Foundation, FL, 1992).

Jo’s plays have been read across the country including the Neighborhood Playhouse and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Her freelance articles, mainly on the arts, have been published in numerous publications including American Theatre magazine, the Eugene O’Neill Society Newsletter (which she edits) and The Eugene O’Neill Review. She’s a board member of the Eugene O'Neill Society and a member of Dramatists Guild and AACT.

Jo has operated Jo Morello, Inc., a small public relations agency in Sarasota, Florida, since 1986, serving regional and international clients including several Central Asian embassies. The Philadelphia native holds a B.S. from Villanova University and an M.S. from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater.