Continuing its multi-year commitment to American Masters, classic American dramas in fresh productions by nationally known artists, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will present Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama, considered O’Neill’s greatest work and one of the finest American plays of the twentieth century, begins a limited run on August 24.
On an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences, this semi-autobiographical story of the Tyrone family and their battle to uncover—and bury—a lifetime of secrets continues to prove itself one of the most profound and powerful plays ever brought to the stage.
Weston’s production, a fresh approach that taps the play’s theatricality and universality, is directed by Ethan McSweeny. Dubbed by American Theatre magazine a “wunderkind with a Midas touch,” he has directed on Broadway and at major theatres around the globe. His credits include the country’s top regional theatres, such as the Guthrie, the Old Globe, the Denver Center, the Shakespeare Theatre, and Arena Stage.
The cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night includes actors Kathryn Meisle and Derek Smith as Mary Cavan Tyrone and James Tyrone. Meisle, cast in the upcoming Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was in The Elephant Man on Broadway and London’s West End and was nominated for a Tony for Tartuffe. Smith has been seen on Broadway as Scar in The Lion King, Tartaglia in The Green Bird, and Patrice Bombelles in Ring Round the Moon. Completing the ensemble are Liam Craig (Weston’s Uncle Vanya, The 39 Steps) as Jamie, Andrew Veenstra (seen as Hamlet at Lincoln Center and the lead in the US Tour of War Horse) as Edmund, and Piper Goodeve (Weston’s All My Sons) as Cathleen.
The set is designed by Lee Savage, winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle and Helen Hayes Awards, with costumes by Tracy Christensen (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard), lighting by Scott Bolman, and sound by Mikhail Fiksel. Award-winning composer Jenny Giering (Weston’s Saint-Ex) has created an original piano score for the production.
For an insider’s perspective of the show, don’t miss the pre-show Director’s Talk on August 24, 25, and the 26 matinee. Audiences attending the Sunday matinees on August 27 and September 3 are invited to remain in the auditorium for a Talkback with the cast and crew.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night runs August 24th through September 3rd at the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green (12 Park Street in Weston). Show times are Tues-Sat at 7:30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2:00, and Sun matinees at 3:00. Special daytime school matinees will be offered on September 6, 7, and 8 with talkbacks to follow. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office from 10:00am-6:00pm (closed Mondays) at 802-824-5288 or by visiting westonplayhouse.org.