For the performance on 28 July 1916, the Provncetown Players in Massachusetts chose for their Wharf Theatre a one-act play by Eugene O’Neill. This play, Bound East for Cardiff, displayed materials to which the 28-year-old writer would return, and develop, for the rest of his life. The forecastle of the tramp steamer Glencairn is a tight enclosure, the home of the lower-deck seamen — lower-class or unclassed, de-nationed men existing in a floating, mobile pseudo-home among basic objects: bunks, a lamp, oilskins, seaboots. Movement in enclosure during a voyage or journey, but a stasis of lives — in fact, a sense of enclosure that edges into a trap.
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