Ah, Wilderness!, With Rick Foucheux, Nancy Robinette, June Schreiner, Will Kick Off Arena's Eugene O'Neill Festival

News   Ah, Wilderness!, With Rick Foucheux, Nancy Robinette, June Schreiner, Will Kick Off Arena's Eugene O'Neill Festival
 
Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O'Neill's depiction of American family life at the turn of the 20th century, will launch the Eugene O'Neill Festival March 9 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Rick Foucheux
Rick Foucheux

Directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Kyle Donnelly, the limited engagement will continue through April 8 at the in-the-round Fichandler Stage.

"Ah, Wilderness! is a fantasy, a recollection of what never happened, but of course, we also see a glimmer of darker undercurrents," said director Donnelly in a statement. "So we have the privilege of experiencing this depth of reality while also enjoying the humor and fantasy of the play."

The cast includes Rick Foucheux as Nat, Nancy Robinette as Essie Miller, Jonathan Lincoln Fried as Sid Davis, Kimberly Schraf as Lily Miller, Leo Erickson as David McComber/Salesman, June Schreiner as Muriel McComber, Davis Chandler Hasty as Arthur, William Patrick Riley as Richard, Talisa Friedman as Mildred, Thomas Langston as Tommy, James Flanagan as Wint Selby/Bartender, Allison Leigh Corke as Norah, Pearl Rhein as Belle and T.J. Langston.

Here's how Arena bills the work: "As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child, Richard, is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of love. The memories of family life were never so delicately portrayed as in O'Neill's only comedy."

Other members of the creative team include set designer Kate Edmunds, composer Michael Roth, costume designer Nan Cibula-Jenkins, lighting designer Russell Champa, hair and makeup designer Christal Schanes, dramaturg Aaron Malkin, stage manager Jenna Henderson and assistant stage manager Christi B. Spann. Casting is by Daniel Pruksarnukul. The Eugene O'Neill Festival, a two-month citywide examination of the life and work of American playwright O'Neill, runs through May 6 and features three full-length productions as well as readings, workshops, radio plays, lectures, panels, presentations and art exhibits. For a complete festival schedule, click here.

Arena Stage is located at 1101 Sixth Street in Southwest Washington, DC. For more information and tickets, call (202) 488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

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