By Eugene O'Neill
Long Day's Journey Into NightAugust 13, 2010 - September 5, 2010
Directed By Andrew Upton
A co-production of Artists Repertory Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company
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.
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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 playbill for bios, dramaturgy and some gorgeous rehearsal photos!
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!
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:
“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.”
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"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.
"...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...
"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...