Brian Dennehy will give theatregoers at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center a taste of his upcoming Broadway performance as James Tyrone at a July 9 reading of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The one night-only event will take place at 6:30. For more information call (860) 443-5378.
Dennehy will play James Tyrone in a new production directed by Robert Falls and produced by David Richenthal. The show will start at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago Feb. 22, 2002, for an opening there March 4 and a run through April 6, allowing it then to travel to Broadway for the late spring Tony rush. The Dennehy Falls-Richenthal team also produced the acclaimed Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman.
Rounding out the cast of the reading will be Maureen Anderman as Mary Tyrone, Jeffrey Carlson as Edmund, and Joe Urla as Jamie. Anderman recently appeared Off-Broadway in The Waverly Gallery. David Jaffe will read stage directions.
* In other news, theatregoers hungry for tickets to Broadway's The Producers may do well to take a new interest in the O'Neill Center. The center has a clutch of seats to the hit show, and the charity-minded can score a pair of mezzanine tickets for a $500 gift to the organization, a pair of orchestra seats for a donation of $750.
Howard Sherman, executive director of the O’Neill, explained the new campaign thusly: "It is essential that the O’Neill raise its profile in the theatergoing community and, right now, the highest profile in theatre belongs to The Producers." That sounds about right. Donations may only be made over the telephone at 860-443-1238 between the hours of 10:30 and 11:30 AM Tuesday through Sunday. —By Robert Simonson