Falls and Dennehy's Primal Desire Aiming for Broadway

News   Falls and Dennehy's Primal Desire Aiming for Broadway The Robert Falls-directed production of Desire Under the Elms starring Brian Dennehy will come to Broadway in 2009 following its bow in the Goodman Theatre's Eugene O'Neill celebration, Variety reported.

Brian Dennehy in Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Brian Dennehy in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Photo by Joan Marcus

According to the trade, Jeffrey Richards, who struck gold by mining August: Osage County out of Chicago and onto Broadway, will produce the Broadway run of the 1924 family tragedy. No dates or theatre has been announced.

Goodman Theatre's January-March 2009 exploration of the works of American playwright Eugene O'Neill, the 20th century master who is generally considered the father of American drama, includes its own stagings of the writer's works, as well as interpretations by visiting troupes.

As previously reported, the central production in the O'Neill celebration will be Falls' new American staging of Desire Under the Elms featuring Dennehy, in January 2009 in the Goodman's Albert space.

Falls and Dennehy have previously brought O'Neill to fresh life with productions of The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Touch of the Poet and Hughie. Their Hughie will be seen at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada this summer. Their Long Day's Journey was a Broadway sensation in 2003, earning Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Dennehy) and Best Actress (Vanessa Redgrave).

According to Goodman, "Sparked by the dark hollows and brilliant imaginings of his subconscious, master playwright Eugene O'Neill conceived Desire Under the Elms as he slept one night, resulting in a work with the powerful emotional pitch of a fever dream. Elder Ephraim Cabot returns to his remote New England farm with his third wife — the young, alluring, headstrong Abbie — setting his three disapproving grown sons on an emotional rollercoaster and bitter fight for their inheritance. When Ephraim's youngest son Eben sets his sights on Abbie, the resulting tempest brings tragic consequences. First produced in 1924, Desire Under the Elms hauntingly mingles love and loathing." Complete casting for the Goodman production has not been announced.

Tickets for most programs and events of the Eugene O'Neill Festival will go on sale fall 2008. Goodman subscribers receive priority ordering privileges; season subscriptions, which include Desire Under the Elms, are now on sale at www.GoodmanTheatre.org or by calling (312) 443-3800.

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