3) The Straw
Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill is credited with altering the trajectory of American drama in the early twentieth century by focusing on the lives of working-class people and using language that more closely echoed everyday vernacular. The Straw is an account of a man who falls in love while in quarantine, being treated for tuberculosis.
Anna Christie is a play in four acts, which won O'Neill the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Anna makes contact with the father she has not seen since her infancy, and he takes her on board his coal barge. There she falls in love with a man they rescue from a shipwreck, but trouble arises when she tells them she has been working as a prostitute.
This thought-provoking play from Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill takes an unflinching look at the challenges of parenting and the often primal conflicts that can fester between parents and their children. The drama unfolds during what starts out as a pleasant-enough social visit, as anthropologist Curtis Jayson and his wife Martha play host to one of Curtis' college friends.