The foundation that oversees Tao House the home where O'Neill wrote "The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is inviting artists to come and work on the grounds for up to six days in April and May.
"This is a program we've done for the past eight years," said Carolyn Thiessen, a board member with the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. "The house and its setting are really inspirational. You're up there in the same atmosphere that inspired O'Neill."
The grounds of Tao House command a great view of the San Ramon Valley and Mount Diablo. O'Neill moved here in 1937 to escape the bright lights of fame and wound up producing his most enduring work.
"We tend to get a lot of painters," Thiessen said. "But we also get photographers and writers. One year, we had a modern-dance group dancing on the grounds."
The house itself will only be open on a limited basis, Thiessen said. Artists, however, will have full range of the lush, green grounds.
"It's such a beautiful and wonderful place to go," she said. "It's a chance to get away from everyday cares. We had a woman go up one year and make an amazing kimono."
Artists may select any or all of the dates scheduled for the program, Thiessen said. The dates are April 15, 22, and 27, and May 3, 10, and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A reservation is required and be made by calling the Eugene O'Neill Foundation at (925) 820-1818, Thiessen said. The fee is $15 for one to three days, and $5 for each additional day.
Later this year, creations by the artists will be displayed during the Eugene O'Neill Festival, Thiessen said.