Performances begin March 25 for the Off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 drama The Hairy Ape, directed by Oliver Award winner Richard Jones at the Park Avenue Armory. Jones’ acclaimed production, which was mounted at the Old Vic in London in the fall of 2015, has been re-imagined for the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Bobby Cannavale stars alongside a cast made up of David Costabile, Becky Ann Baker, Catherine Combs, Chris Bannow, Tommy Bracco, Emmanuel Brown, Nic Bruder, Phil Hill, Cosmo Jarvis, Mark Junek, Henry Stram, Jamar Williams, Isadora Wolfe, and Amos Wolff.
Performances run through April 22, with a March 30 opening night.
O’Neill’s iconic American play examines the divide between the rich and the poor in the industrial age. Cannavale plays Yank, a laborer who has earned his reputation as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. When Yank is called a “filthy beast” by the daughter of a rich steel merchant, it leads him on a journey through the worlds of both the disenfranchised working class and New York’s richest.
The Hairy Ape features design by Stewart Laing; Aletta Collins is choreographer, Mimi Jordan Sherin is lighting designer, and Sarah Angliss is sound designer.
“O’Neill’s story of capitalism and inequality has as much resonance in contemporary discourse as it did when it premiered nearly a century ago, during a surge of industrialization and the kind of social disruption it wrought,” said Pierre Audi, artistic director of Park Avenue Armory, in an earlier press statement. “We are pleased to produce a bold re-imagining of this work, inviting Richard and a visionary creative team to reinvent the production from its original Old Vic commission in a new design concept that utilizes the Armory’s space like never before and with a phenomenally talented cast. It is thrilling to have a visionary director working in the Armory to make epic theatre.”
Scroll through rehearsal photos of the production below:
In Rehearsals with Bobby Cannavale for The Hairy Ape
Tickets can be purchased at armoryonpark.org or by calling (212) 933-5812.
(Updated March 25, 2017)