The O'Neill work begins performances Oct. 8 at Long Wharf and was originally scheduled to run through Nov. 9. Following an acclaimed run at the Stratford Shakespeare Theatre in Ontario, Hughie will now play Long Wharf for an additional week through Nov. 16.
Under the direction of Robert Falls, Dennehy stars as gambler Erie, opposite Joe Grifasi in the title role of the night clerk.
In Hughie, press notes state, "Erie Smith, a small-time gambler, wanders home to a seedy New York hotel fresh from a grief-stricken bout of drinking: Hughie, night clerk and once-captive audience for Erie's tall tales, has died. Will Erie find in Hughie's replacement the affirmation and friendship he craves?"
Hughie was originally scheduled as a double-bill with Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; however, Dennehy has been exploring a new concept for the latter and did not feel the production would be ready for public presentation.
Dennehy is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performances in Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey Into Night. He most recently appeared in the Public Theater staging of Richard Nelson's Conversations in Tusculum. Long Wharf will also present a symposium on the themes of O'Neill's work on Nov. 2 at 3 PM.
For tickets visit longwharf.org.
The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.