New Phase for CT Staging of A Moon for the Misbegotten Begins at Hartford

News   New Phase for CT Staging of A Moon for the Misbegotten Begins at Hartford Constant co-stars James Colby and Alyssa Bresnahan star with Bill Raymond in Hartford Stage's presentation of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, starting Jan. 5.

Gordon Edelstein directs the production which played last year at the Long Wharf Theatre and hits Hartford's home stage for run through Feb. 5, 2006.

Colby will star as James Tyrone, Jr. opposite Bresnahan, who will reprise her role as Josie Hogan with fellow returning cast members Bill Raymond, Wynn Harmon and Steve French from the Long Wharf run. Colby replaces John Procaccino.

The stage duo of Colby and Bresnahan also appeared in Hartford Stage's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as the tumultuous lead couple. They have previously shared the stage in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Night of the Iguana. The production marks the second shared production between New Haven's Long Wharf and Hartford following the 2004 production of Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep.

Set in a Connecticut farmhouse in early September 1923, the drama centers around the struggles of the strong, sturdy woman (Bresnahan) with her never-do-well father (Raymond) and weak willed, dissolute, would-be beau, Jim Tyrone (Colby).

The design team for A Moon for the Misbegotten features Ming Cho Lee (scenic), Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costumes) and Nick Borisjuk (sound). The most recent Broadway revival of Moon played at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre from March 19-July 2, 2000. Cherry Jones (Doubt) played Josie opposite Gabriel Byrne ("Little Women") as James Tyrone, Jr. Actor Roy Dotrice (who would win the Tony Award for his performance) played her father Phil Hogan under the direction of Daniel Sullivan.

The 42nd anniversary mainstage season will continue with Lorraine Hansberry's drama A Raisin in the Sun (Feb. 16-March 19, 2006), Tennessee Williams' A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Apr. 6-May 7, 2006) and Terrence McNally's gritty drama Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (May 18-June 18, 2006).

Tickets to A Moon for the Misbegotten at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT are available by calling (860) 527-5151 . For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.

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