Rarely-Seen Eugene O'Neill Drama The Straw Gets Reading at the Peccadillo
By Adam Hetrick
Off-Broadway's Peccadillo Theater presents a sold-out reading of Eugene O'Neill's rarely-seen play The Straw June 4 at the Theatre at St. Clement's.
Dan Wackerman directs the 7 PM reading of the autobiographical work set in a tuberculosis sanatorium.
The cast includes Ellen Adair, Cyrilla Baer, Jacqueline Baum, Jeffrey C. Hawkins, Eric Hoffmann, Susan Jeffries, Jodie Lynne McClintock, Ryah Nixon, Keith Perry, Richard Poe and Lee Aaron Rosen. Tony Triano is the narrator.
According to the Peccadillo, "The Straw centers around naïve, young Eileen Carmody, stricken with tuberculosis and exiled to Hill Farm Sanatorium where she meets the cynical, raffish Stephen Murray, also a patient there. Eileen quickly falls in love with Stephen, inspiring him to develop his talents as a serious writer. As Stephen's condition improves along with his fortunes as an author, Eileen slowly deteriorates, aware that Stephen will never love her as she loves him. Goaded by a sympathetic nurse, Stephen pretends to fall in love with Eileen as a final act of charity only to discover that he is, in fact, in love with the dying girl."
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