LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT by Eugene O’Neill arrives at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theater
It is the Mount Everest of American drama. Arguably the largest play written by an Indigenous playwright in the 20th century. And this towering masterpiece of world theater arrives at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theater (which just won the Best of Greene County award for the third time) for just eight performances, from November 11-21, 2021.
In Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill plunges audiences into the dark heart of an American family. Over the course of a single day, his autobiographical Tyrones (based on the playwright’s own family) alternate between compassion and blame, love and hate for one another as each grapples with or succumbs to their inner demons. Intensely personal revelations of addiction, co-addiction, resentment, guilt, and jealousy are all laid bare in a play O’Neill never intended to release or perform until. at least 50 years after his death and which in his own words he wrote in “tears and blood” and with “deep pity, deep understanding and forgiveness” for all of his haunted protagonists.âThe dysfunctional family is a major theme in so many great American dramas,â says production director John Sowle, âand this one beats just about all of them. It’s an undisputed classic, and I think everything theater is worth its salt This is an important commitment for us, as well as for our customers, to make, especially now that we are just starting to emerge from this pandemic. intermissions), it puts the audience and the cast on a roller coaster of extreme emotions. At the end of the play, you are stunned, elated and totally wrung out. We actually plan to print stickers that say “I have survived the long day’s journey into the night “to pass on to all successful participants. But it is an epic experience that we believe is worth having, and we are doing everything we can for this production We hired local sculptor M Ear Swanson, who has a big exhibition coming to MASS MoCA early next year, to create our sets. We have commissioned an original piano sheet music from renowned jazz and orchestral composer Justin Morell. And we’ve put together an absolutely phenomenal cast who go out of their way to do this incredible mountain of scripts justice. “Featured in the cast are Roxanne fay (Marie Tyrone), Christophe Patrick Mullen (Jamie), Christopher Joel Onken (Edmund), Steven patterson (James tyrone) and, for her Bridge Street Theater debut, Taylor Congdon (Cathleen). Lighting will be designed by Nicholas Hawrylko, costumes by Michelle Rogers and sound by Carmen Borgia. The production manager is Liz Powers. The entire Fall 2021 American Roots Re-Awakened season of the Bridge Street Theater was sponsored by Nina Matis and Alan Gosule, and the production of Long Day’s Journey was funded in part by financial support from Jay Lesenger, as well as a Restart NY grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. For the safety of the public and performers, Bridge Street Theater follows union and state guidelines for indoor entertainment venues. All participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for COVID at the door prior to entry. In addition, masks must be worn at all times in the theater building. For more detailed information on theater safety precautions and attendance requirements, visit bridgest.org/covid-safety-rules-at-bst/.Long Day’s Journey Into Night will be performed Thursday through Sunday, November 11-21, 2021, on the Main Stage “Priscilla” of the Bridge Street Theater, located at 44 West Bridge Street in the village of Catskill. The show is recommended for audiences aged 12 and over. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 p.m. (please note the curtain time earlier than usual), with Sunday mornings at 2:00 p.m. Admission at the door is $ 25, students and children 18 and under are only $ 10. Discounted advance tickets (highly recommended) are available for $ 22 / $ 10 (+ a nominal service charge) at ldj21.brownpapertickets.com. In addition, the preview on Thursday 11 November and the morning of Sunday 14 November will each have “Pay What You Like” performances. To BridgeStreetTheater.org. Live theater is back! Don’t miss the chance to experience this epic theatrical adventure up close in the intimate 84-seat auditorium of the Bridge Street Theater.