Alfred Molina stars in O'Neill's visceral drama
Following a hugely successful 2016 Tony Award-winning run on Broadway in 2016, Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize winning play from 1956 is set to be staged at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, starring Alfred Molina (Fiddler on the Roof) as James Tyrone and Jane Kaczmarek as Mary. Helmed by actor/director Jeanie Hackett, this gripping family drama boasts both a well-known cast that also includes Angela Goethals and Stephen Louis Grush, and an enviable creative team for O'Neill's semi-autobiographical tale of substance abuse and familial tension.
What is it about?
In 1912 Connecticut, Mary Tyrone returns home to her husband and two sons after lengthy treatment for morphine addiction. Her restless demeanor creates an air of escalating anxiety in the house, an atmosphere compounded by the increasingly violent coughing of younger son Edmund. This nervous energy sparks off numerous quarrels and reprimands, with Edmund's medical problem all the while growing ever more serious. Taking place over the course of a single day, As night approaches, the tension grows ever more serious, leading to an explosive outpouring of grief and recriminations.
Having seen various revivals on both Broadway and across the country, 2016's Broadway production directed by Jonathan Kent enjoyed seven Tony nominations, winning two including one for Jessica Lange for Best Actress and another for Best Lighting.