The Geffen Playhouse has partnered with the online theater streaming service BroadwayHD to present selected works from its Los Angeles theater. Through the partnership they will be offering both live and “‘captured-live’” productions, beginning with Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, currently running at the Geffen. Subscribers to BroadwayHD will be able to tune into the production on Saturday, March 11 at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
The production stars Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina and will mark BroadwayHD’s first-ever live stream of a theatrical performance broadcast outside of NYC. The partnership is another step towards bringing theater to a larger audience than can traditionally be served. Gil Cates Jr., executive director at the Geffen, stated, “Geffen Playhouse is committed to bringing world-class theater to audiences in Los Angeles and around the world in creative and innovative ways. We are excited to partner with BroadwayHD, which is not only the market leader with global reach, but also shares our philosophy of making theater accessible to audiences everywhere.”
In addition to the live performance, the production will be available “on-demand” for 10 days following. Select high schools and universities in the U.S. and in over 3,500 colleges around the world, will also be able to view the production after the live event. According to BroadwayHD’s co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely, “This haunting revival will give audiences around the world the feeling that they’re in the Geffen’s theater. While they watch, they’ll be able to feel the heightened energy radiating from the actors’ performances.”
In O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical work, resentments and bourbon-fueled tirades cause the Tyrone family to expose their darkest natures. A day that begins as any other becomes a night from which they will never recover. This particular production, directed by Jeanie Hackett, also marks the first production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night in Los Angeles in 10 years.
The executive producer of PBS’s Great Performances, David Horn, will be directing this first ever West Coast live stream. He has already worked with BroadwayHD directing their productions of She Loves Me and Holiday Inn at the Roundabout.
For more information on how to view this and other theatrical live stream events, visit www.BroadwayHD.com. BroadwayHD is compatible with Chromecast, Apple TV, and many other streaming-to-tv services. It is also available through both iOS and Android markets places.