Scarborough and Menagerie Complete Long Wharf Season

News   Scarborough and Menagerie Complete Long Wharf Season The U.S. debut of Fiona Evans' Scarborough and a newly explored revival of The Glass Menagerie will be part of the 2008-2009 season at the Long Wharf Theatre.

Scarborough makes its American debut on Long Wharf's Stage II Feb. 18-March 22, 2009. "Step into to a faded hotel room where a couple is having an illicit weekend away," press notes state. "Amongst the peeling wallpaper, they laugh, quarrel and make love, but they don't dare go out. After all, at just 15 years old, one of them is just a child... the other their teacher."

Long Wharf also promises a freshly examined production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie directed by artistic director Gordon Edelstein. "This is in the list of the great American plays, a play I've loved for decades and that I've always wanted to do," Edelstein said in a statement.

Running May 13-June 7, 2009, Williams' poignant drama centers on the timid Laura Wingfield, her mother Amanda and her brother Tom, who longs for a world beyond his crippled family.

As previously reported, Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehey will star in a double bill of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape on Stage II at the beginning of the Long Wharf season from Oct. 8-Nov. 9, 2008.

In Hughie, "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?" Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape finds its central character in the twilight of his life, "alone now except for his memories - [he] relives the moment years before when he glimpsed a chance at happiness. Samuel Beckett's haunting monologue meditates on time's passage, loves lost, and the rituals that both comfort and imprison us."

Long Wharf's main stage will premiere Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, Nov. 26-Dec. 21.

Press notes for A Civil War Christmas state, "It's 1864, and Washington, DC, settles down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years - in the White House, where President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving; on the banks of the Potomac, where a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith's mercy; and in the alleys downtown, where an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom."

Also set for the Long Wharf season is Victory, the latest work by South African playwright Athol Fugard, running Jan. 14-Feb. 8, 2009. "Vicky promises Freddie that robbing her old teacher Lionel's house will go off without a hitch, but when they are caught, the ensuing confrontation ends in tragedy," press notes explain. "The pair's standoff with Lionel - who once employed Vicky's mother as his housekeeper - pits poverty against privilege, youth against experience and Vicky and Lionel's accounts of the past against each other."

Ernest Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning work The Old Man and the Sea will be presented April 1-26, 2009, in a new adaptation by Long Wharf associate artistic director Eric Ting.

"In this vividly theatrical adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's timeless tale, an old fisherman's 85-day struggle to catch a fish culminates with a battle to land the greatest catch of his life – a powerful marlin. While dueling with the marlin, the old man learns to respect and love his adversary, admiring its beauty and greatness. Despite this, he has to kill it. As the old man struggles in his epic duel with the fish, we learn a lesson about life and sacrifice," production notes state.

Casting and creative duties will be announced shortly.

For more information visit longwharf.org.

The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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