Famously, playwright Eugene O'Neill did not want his autobiographical masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night, staged until 25 years after his death. In her new play, O'Neill, playwright Anne Legault imagines the torments the dramatist may have gone through in penning the drama. O'Neill will be presented Jan. 7-30 at Manhattan's Blue Heron Arts Center, in a production directed by Michael Hillyer.
The play's fictional O'Neill is having trouble writing Long Day's Journey, and it's no wonder -- the ghosts of his family are haunting him, chastising O'Neill for incorporating their stories into a play. According to production sources, the play is not historical in any way but based purely on Legault's imaginings.
Nicholas Stannard plays O'Neill in the production, opposite Margaret Reed as his wife, Carlotta Monterey O'Neill.
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--By Robert Simonson