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12th February 2024 – 24th February 2024, 20:00

Running time  1 hr 30 minutes, no intermission

Theater Drachengasse, Drachengasse 2, 1010 Vienna or Tel.: 01/5131444


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Supported by U.S. Embassy Vienna for Black History Month.


One word can mean so much. The beautiful “N” play, movingly dramatizes the struggle between playwright Eugene O’Neill and actor Charles Sidney Gilpin over the inclusion of the “N” word in the script for O’Neill’s first box office hit, The Emperor Jones.  in 1920. The play was turned into a film in 2020 to great acclaim.


Eugene O’Neill’s groundbreaking play was the first American play that featured a black actor in the lead role on Broadway. Charles S. Gilpin’s, portrayal of Emperor Brutus Jones was hailed as “revelatory,” he was named the finest actor of the age, the toast of the theatre world. It made stars of both men; and was O’Neill’s first commercial success. By 1926, their fortunes had taken very different turns. N explores how one word; lifted one of them to the heights of American theatre, but destroyed the other. One word that can devastate or empower. Join them on stage. What does the “N” word mean to you?


 “ ...powerful treatise on art, ego, and how the weight of a single word can crush the human soul.” Triangle Arts and Entertainment

“…a thoughtfully, considered piece.” The News and Observer

“A layered and nuanced double portrait.” Washington City Paper

“Compelling…” John Hopkins University.


Directed by: Joanna Godwin-Seidl         


Performance permission curtesy of Blue Moon Plays.

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