Gordon Edelstein directs the production which played at the Long Wharf Theatre for a Feb. 23-March 27 run. The new staging to play at Hartford's home Jan. 5-Feb. 5, 2006.
Colby will star as James Tyrone, Jr. opposite Bresnahan who will reprise her role as Josie Hogan with fellow returning cast members Bill Raymond, Wynn Harmon and Steve French from the Long Wharf run. Colby replaces John Procaccino.
The stage duo of Colby and Bresnahan recently appeared in Hartford Stage's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as the tumultuous lead couple. They have also shared the stage in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Night of the Iguana. The production will also mark the second shared production between New Haven's Long Wharf and Hartford following the 2004 production of Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep.
Set in a Connecticut farmhouse in early September 1923, the drama centers around the struggles of the strong, sturdy woman (Bresnahan) with her never-do-well father (Raymond) and weak willed, dissolute, would-be beau, Jim Tyrone (Colby).
The most recent Broadway revival of Moon played at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre from March 19-July 2, 2000. Cherry Jones (Doubt) played Josie opposite Gabriel Byrne ("Little Women") as James Tyrone, Jr. Actor Roy Dotrice (who would win the Tony Award for his performance) played her father Phil Hogan under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The forthcoming 42nd anniversary mainstage season will kick off at Hartford Sept. 1 Oct. 2 with David Grimm's The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue and continue with David Cale and Jonathan Kreisberg's new musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Oct. 13-Nov. 13). The new year will bring the Eugene O'Neill tale A Moon for the Misbegotten (Jan. 5-Feb. 5, 2006), Lorraine Hansberry's drama A Raisin in the Sun (Feb. 16-Mar. 19, 2006), the continuing Tennessee Williams tradition with A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Apr. 6-May 7, 2006) and Terrence McNally's gritty drama Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (May 18-June 18, 2006).
Tickets to shows at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT will be available by calling (860) 527-5151 . For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.