The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars

Eugene O’Neill in Provincetown

May 20 through November 30, 2005

Curated by Leona Rust Egan and Jeffory Morris

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) presents the exhibition The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars, showcasing the relationship between the early life and work of Eugene O’Neill while living in the town of Provincetown, Massachusetts from 1916 to 1924.


The Town’s residents, events and stories encountered by O’Neill, while living both in town and at his home on the dunes at the old Peaked Hill Lifesaving Station, aided his development as America’s most influential playwright.


Through more than 70 items, including photographs, historical documents and artifacts, the exhibition will address how O’Neill nurtured his creative voice living in this outermost fishing village and art colony at the end of Cape Cod.

Items and images for the exhibit are from O’Neill archives and museums including The Sheaffer-O’Neill Collection at Connecticut College, the Truro Historical Society, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University


Eugene O’Neill, his son, Shane, and his wife, Agnes Boulton, at their home at Peaked Hill Bars, circa 1922. Eugene O’Neill and his wife, Agnes Boulton, at their home at Peaked Hill Bars