Long Day's Journey Into Night
August 13, 2010 - September 5, 2010
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed By Andrew Upton

A co-production of Artists Repertory Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company
 
One of the most powerful and gut-wrenching dramas in American literature, this is O’Neill’s masterpiece.  The autobiographical story is told with such searing honesty that he stipulated it was not to be published or produced until 25 years after his death.  Audiences will be enraptured by the emotional complexity of the Tyrone family – gripped by addiction, shattered by the past and paralyzed by the prospect of the future.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a co-production with Australia’s Sydney Theatre Company and will feature two Australian actors (including legendary Australian actress Robyn Nevin) and Artists Rep favorites Todd Van Voris and William Hurt. The production will open in Sydney on June 29 before its limited run in Portland’s Newmark Theatre. This play earned O’Neill his fourth Pulitzer Prize for Drama posthumoously, the most ever awarded to a single playwright. 

Cast

James Tyrone William Hurt*
Mary Tyrone Robyn Nevin**
Jamie Tyrone    Todd Van Voris*^
Edmund Tyrone       Luke Mullins**
Cathleen  Emily Russell**

 

 

 

Production

Set Designer  Michael Scott-Mitchell 
Lighting Designer  Nick Schlieper
Sound Designer Max Lyandverdt
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Stage Manager John Reid
Assistant Stage Manager  Stephanie Mulligan*

 

 

 

 

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member  of Media, Entertainment, and Arts Alliance, the union and professional organization covering the media, entertainment, sports and arts industries in Australia.
+ Equity Membership Candidate
^ Member Artists Rep Resident Acting Company


Closing & Holiday Weekend Special!

Tickets for the final five performances of Long Day's Journey Into Night will be sold for $50 each, any seat, first-come, first-served. Performances included in this offer are Thursday-Sunday, September 2-5, at 7:30pm; and the Sunday matinee on September 5, at 2pm. Closing Night is Sunday night, we'd love to have you join us!

Take advantage of this very special offer this holiday weekend and be sure to experience this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this Broadway-caliber, international co-production before it is gone FOREVER! Be the culture hero, bring a group - or share this once-in-a-lifetime play with friends.

Tickets for Long Day's Journey Into Night can only be purchased through Ticketmaster, either online by clicking here or by calling 1.800.745.3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Portland Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 1111 SW Broadway.
Tickets are not available through the Artists Rep Box Office.

SYNOPSIS
In Long Day's Journey Into Night we join the Tyrone family in their seaside Connecticut home over the course of one fateful day. Three alcoholics and one morphine addict (who’s recently returned from the sanatorium, no less) spend a day in their living room slinging barbs and reopening old wounds. With heartbreaking humor, the unusually dysfunctional family’s sins and secrets are gradually revealed to explosive effect.

Recommended for high school and adult audiences.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
This is the second time Artist Rep has presented Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Originally featured as part of the 1990/91 season, the production was directed by Producing Artistic Director Allen Nause and featured Resident Company Member and Artists Rep co-founder Vana O’ Brien as Mary Cavan Tyrone.   
In keeping with O’Neill’s wishes, the play was first published in 1956, three years after its author’s death, and first performed by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden.  The premiere and production, directed by Bengt Ekerot
, were very successful and critically acclaimed. The Broadway debut of Long Day’s Journey Into Night took place at the Helen Hayes Theatre on November 7, 1956, shortly after its American premiere at New Haven’s Shubert Theatre.The production was directed by José Quintero, and its cast included Fredric March (James Tyrone), Florence Eldridge (Mary Tyrone), Jason Robards, Jr. (“Jamie” Tyrone), Bradford Dillman (Edmund), and Katharine Ross (Cathleen). The production won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Fredric March).

In 1957, Long Day's Journey Into Night won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other notable productions include the 1971 production directed by Michael Blakemore  in the National Theatre in London with Laurence Olivier as James Tyrone. This production was adapted into a televised version, and aired in 1973; Laurence Olivier won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. In 1988, Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre featured Long Day's Journey Into Night, again directed by José Quintero, and Ah, Wilderness! at the same time and featuring the same actors. In 2003, Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre featured a production with Brian Dennehy (Tyrone), Vanessa Redgrave (Mary), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jamie), Robert Sean Leonard (Edmund), and Fiana Toibin (Cathleen), directed by Robert Falls. This production won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Check out the amazing video trailer for Long Day's Journey.

Check out the playbill for bios, dramaturgy and some gorgeous rehearsal photos!

Postcards from Sydney:
Click here to read regular updates from Resident Actor Todd Van Voris and Associate Producer Stehanie Mulligan about their adventures Down Under.

Click here to see photos of the set build in Sydney!

Click here to see the latest production photo.

Did you know this is the second time Artists Rep has produced Long Day's Journey? Click here to check out the playbill from the 1990 run!
Click here to see a press photo from the 1990 production - please note Resident Company Actor Vana O'Brien.

PLAYWRIGHT
Eugene O’ Neill (1888-1953) was among the first playwrights to introduce realism into American drama, a technique usually associated with the likes of Chekhov, Ibsen and Strindberg. His plays were known to involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism, always featuring edgy characters struggling to fulfill their dreams while living outside mainstream society.

As a young adult, O’Neill suffered from alcoholism and depression and began writing and traveling extensively as a means of escape.  In 1912, after 6 months spent in a sanatorium recovering from tuberculosis, he decided to devote himself full time to writing plays. His major works include Beyond The Horizon – for which he was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize - The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie (Pulitzer Prize 1922), Strange Interlude (Pulitzer Prize 1928), Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Electra and Ah, Wilderness! – his only well-known comedy. In 1936 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. After a 10-year pause, O'Neill's now-renowned play The Iceman Cometh was produced in 1946. The following year's A Moon for the Misbegotten failed, and did not gain recognition as being among his best works until decades later. After suffering from multiple health problems (including depression and alcoholism) over many years O'Neill died in Boston, on November 27, 1953, at the age of 65.

COMMENTS FROM EUGENE O’ NEILL:
“It is Mystery -- the mystery any one man or woman can feel but not understand as the meaning of any event -- or accident -- in any life on earth ... [that] I want to realize in the theatre. The solution, if there ever be any, will probably have to be produced in a test tube and turn out to be discouragingly undramatic.”

“A man's work is in danger of deteriorating when he thinks he has found the one best formula for doing it. If he thinks that, he is likely to feel that all he needs is merely to go on repeating himself . . . so long as a person is searching for better ways of doing his work, he is fairly safe.”

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:  
Ronni Lacroute
Wayne and Sandy Ericksen
Lynn and Jack Loacker

PRESENTING SEASON SPONSOR:

US Bank

 

 

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH:   

Sydney Theatre Company

 SHOW SPONSORS:  

The Oregonian KINK Oregon LiveOPB

RACC

   Oregon Arts Commission Hotel DeLuxe - LDJMark Spencer - LDJ All Classical Logo

Psul G Allen Fanily FOundation



 


The Reviews...

"A shining triumph of cross-equatorial collaboration, a celebration of A-list talent," said Portland Monthly's Culturphile Anne Adams. Read the full review here.

"It was also one of those moments of coalescence when a particular piece of art mattered," said Bob Hicks at artscatter.com. Read the full review of  Opening Night here.

"...the emotional force of this play, and the clear, nuanced quality of this production make the long journey well worthwhile," said Marty Hughley of The Oregonian. Read the full review here. 

"I won't be forgetting this night at the Newmark anytime soon. And maybe never," said Barry Johnson of Arts Dispatch. Read the full review here.

Geoff Norcross interviews William Hurt on OPB's Morning Edition. Listen to the full broadcast here. 

Last month, Todd Van Voris took time out of his busy performance schedule in Sydney, Australia to talk with Inessa at KINK radio. Listen to the full broadcast here.
 

“He’s uncompromising in his work, and he’s just as committed now as he was as a young idealistic actor, perhaps more so,” said Allen Nause of his longtime friend William Hurt in Enzyme PDX. Read the full article here.

"...it will be an opportunity for Portlanders to see not only a play that marked a turning point in American theater but a production of that milestone piece that comes with a pedigree and gifted players," said The Jewish Review. Read the full article here. 

Long Day’s Journey promises to replenish the theater’s spirits and its bank account..." said the Portland Business Journal. Read the full article here.

"This is a stunning, absorbing production, full of emotional complexity," said The Australian. Read the entire review here...

"...a large and impressive production delivering performances by the most remarkable talent of our time..." said the Australian Stage.

"This is definitely well worth a watch for anyone who wants to witness high quality dramatic writing from a master playwright delivered by top quality performers," said Stage Whispers. Read the full review here...


"This is a powerful production, skilfully directed by Andrew Upton," said Time Out Sydney. Read the full review here...

"Brace yourself for this show. This is one helluva journey," said The Public Review. Read the entire review here... 

When you are tempted by the charlatan within you, says William Hurt, you must turn away. "And then the truth-teller comes." Read the entire interview with Robyn Nevin and William Hurt in The Australian, here... 

"There is a lot of love in the family (in the play) but they are very fractured..." said Director Andrew Upton in Sydney's Daily Telegraph. Read the entire article here...

"These are people who win a lot of battles and they finally transcend. There's a lot of winning that goes on in that play.'' Read the entire interview with Robyn Nevin and William Hurt in The Sydney Morning Herald, here... 
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