NIDA presents The Addiction Performance Project

NIDA presents The Addiction Performance Project


[Music] [Jack Stein, speaking]
Welcome to the Addiction Performance Project.
NIDA brings this innovative education program to the healthcare community about treating
the over 20 million americans with substance use disorders. The video you are about to
see is a dramatic reading from Eugene O’Neill’s 1941 classic play, Long Day’s Journey into
Night. The play depicts the struggles of Mary Tyrone, a woman who relapses into full-blown
morphine addiction and its impact on her family. While the play is set over one-hundred years
ago, the Tyrones could be any family living in the United States today…It is widely
believed that Long Day’s Journey into Night, is autobiographical. O’Neill’s mother, Ella,
struggled with addiction for most of her life, after being prescribed morphine while giving
birth to Eugene, a common practice in the late 19th century. His father and brother
both combatted alcoholism throughout their lives…
O’Neill, as well as two of his children also dealt with addiction. He was an alcoholic
as was his son Eugene Junior. O’Neill’s second son, Shane, was addicted to heroin… both
sons committed suicide. When O’Neill finished writing Long Day’s Journey
into Night, he sealed it in wax and gave it to his publisher with instructions not to
publish the play until twenty-five years after his death. However, the play was published
in 1956, only a few years after his death, and earned O’Neill his third Pulitzer prize…and
so, NIDA and the Addiction Performance Project presents, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Act
Three.

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