Moon for the Misbegotten, With Young and Mezon, Opens at Shaw Festival May 23

News   Moon for the Misbegotten, With Young and Mezon, Opens at Shaw Festival May 23
 
Eugene O'Neill's bittersweet love story, A Moon for the Misbegotten, opens May 23 after previews from April 28 at the Shaw Festival's Court House Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The drama, a kind of sequel to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, features a dissipated, middle-aged Jamie Tyrone from the related play.

Set in 1923 in a Connecticut farmhouse, the play "centers on three characters: Josie Hogan (Jenny Young), her father Phil Hogan (Jim Mezon), and their landlord James Tyrone Jr. (David Jansen)," according the Shaw Festival notes. "Phil is an Irish immigrant and his small farm is his livelihood. While all of Phil's sons have left him, Josie remains behind tending the land with her father and together they try to survive. A joke perpetrated by Tyrone, but taken as truth by Phil, sets into motion a scheme that takes advantage of the mutual affection between Josie and Tyrone, but ends up revealing" painful truths "about each of their lives."

Directed by Joseph Ziegler, A Moon for the Misbegotten also features Billy Lake and Patrick McManus.

The production team includes scenic and costume designer Christina Poddubiuk, lighting designer Louise Guinand, fight director John Stead, stage manager Diane Konkin, production stage manager Judy Farthing and assistant stage manager Eamonn Reil.

This production marks the second time a play by Eugene O'Neill has been produced at the Shaw Festival. The first, Ah! Wilderness! in 2004, was also directed by Joseph Ziegler. A Moon for the Misbegotten plays in repertory until Oct. 9.

For more information, visit www.shawfest.com.

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