The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House is proud to announce it will kick off 2022 with a production of O’Neill’s play Welded. Idealism, insecurities, and intrigues send the marriage of successful theatre couple Michael and Eleanor Cape spinning out of control in this rarely produced 1924 play. Welded comes from O’Neill’s highly experimental period. In his stage directions, he wrote that Michael and Eleanor should be illuminated by individual spotlights which O’Neill referred to as “auras of egoism.” This provocative stage direction was not followed in the original production nor subsequent productions. January’s production will seek to explore this lighting device and its ramifications on the other characters in the play and the audience.