Anna Christie, Eugene O'Neill's Early Pulitzer Winner, Begins Old Globe Run; Jessica Love and Bill Buell Star

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10 Mar 2012

Jessica Love
Jessica Love
Henry DiRocco

Jessica Love plays Anna Christie, the estranged prostitute daughter of a crusty sailor in Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starting March 10 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Daniel Goldstein, director of Broadway's Godspell, directs.

Austin Durant plays Anna's seafaring lover, Mat Burke, and Broadway veteran Bill Buell (Titanic) plays her father Chris Christopherson. Real-life married couple Kristine Nielsen (Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Brent Langdon play Marthy Owen and Larry, respectively.

Performances play to April 15 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is March 15. 

Love's recent credits include the world premieres of When Tang Met Laika and Map of Heaven at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Durant most recently appeared in Broadway's War Horse. Buell's Broadway credits also include Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy, Big River, Annie and Anna Karenina.

Langdon appeared in the American premiere of Howard Barker's The Europeans Off-Broadway and Couldn't Say at Abingdon Theatre Company.



Nielsen has been seen on Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, To Be Or Not To Be, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Spring Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Iceman Cometh.

Rounding out the cast of Anna Christie are Chance Dean (Longshoreman, Johnson), John Garcia (Postman, Deckhand), Raymond Lynch (Johnny-the-Priest, Deckhand) and Jason Maddy (Longshoreman, Deckhand).

The 1921 play (a rewrite of O'Neill's earlier Chris Christopherson) is billed this way: "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Anna Christie is Eugene O'Neill's classic play about a weathered sailor and the daughter he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Their new bond becomes strained when she falls in love with a young man whose seafaring life isn't what her father wants for her. When Anna reveals to both men the shameful secret she has been harboring, they must all come to terms with the harsh reality of her past."

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic design), Denitsa Bliznakova (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design), Jan Gist (vocal and dialect coach), Calleri Casting (casting) and Annette Yé (stage manager).

For tickets and information, visit TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 23-GLOBE.