Eugene O'Neill's Exorcism Will Get Reading with Reed Birney, Will Rogers and More
04 Oct 2012
Exorcism, Eugene O'Neill's prequel to Long Day's Journey Into Night, will receive a staged reading as part of the 13th annual Eugene O'Neill Celebration Oct. 6 in New London, CT.
National Playwrights Conference artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg will direct the 10 AM reading on Oct. 6 that will feature Reed Birney, Jeremy Bobb, Jordan Gelber, John Jellison and Will Rogers.
Exorcism, according to the O'Neill, "details ongoing inner toils with self, with family, and with addiction – all prominent themes for the more famous work. O'Neill believed he'd destroyed all known copies of the work. 90 years later, a copy of the manuscript was unearthed."
The celebration begins on Friday at 8 PM with a film screening of "Long Day's Journey Into Night," starring Kevin Spacey and Jason Robards, at the Monte Cristo Cottage.
The reading and screening are free and open to the public.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.