While Broadway enjoys a smash revival of The Iceman Cometh, CA's Laguna Playhouse offers a quieter, more melancholy Eugene O'Neill work, A Moon For The Misbegotten, opening April 20 for a run through May 16.
Jessica Kubzansky directs Marjory Graue as the hard-working farm girl Josie Hogan, opposite Philip Earl Johnson as the boozing playboy James Tyrone, Jr. Other featured players are James Caffrey as Mike Hogan and Tom Shelton as T. Stedman Harder.
Graue is a USC grad who also attended Oxford University, where she studied with the Moscow Arts Theatre. Los Angeles has seen her in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Fashion and The Last Session, among others. Johnson began his career in Chicago, performing at the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Court theaters. He appeared in the first national tour of Angels in America at L.A.'s Doolittle Theatre.
A Moon for the Misbegotten was O'Neill's last completed play and was first produced, posthumously, on Broadway in 1957.
In 1973 Jason Robards, Jr. and Colleen Dewhurst starred in a famous revival. Dewhurst, Wendy Hiller and Kate Nelligan have all won Tonys in the role of Josie. A Broadway revival starring Cherry Jones is scheduled to open in New York in December 1999, following an engagement at the Kennedy Center. Other O'Neill plays include Ah, Wilderness!, The Emperor Jones, Desire Under The Elms, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Rope, Hughie and Mourning Becomes Electra.
The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. For information and tickets call (949) 497-2787.