WESTON, Vt. – 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 20th century, begins a limited run on Aug. 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. McSweeny has been dubbed a “wunderkind with a Midas touch” by American Theatre magazine. 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 as Jamie, Andrew Veenstra as Edmund, and Piper Goodeve as Cathleen.
The set is designed by Lee Savage, winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle and Helen Hayes awards, with costumes by Tracy Christensen, lighting by Scott Bolman, and sound by Mikhail Fiksel. Award-winning composer Jenny Giering 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 Aug. 24, 25, and the 26 matinee. Audiences attending the Sunday matinees on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 are invited to remain in the auditorium for a talkback with the cast and crew.
“Long Day’s Journey into Night” runs Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 at the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green at 12 Park Street in Weston. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 802-824-5288 or by visiting westonplayhouse.org.