Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, Starring Richard Schiff, Added to DC Shakespeare Theatre's 2012-13 Season
By Michael Gioia
Michael Kahn, artistic director of the 2012 Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, has announced a revision to the company's 2012-13 season. Eugene O'Neill's Hughie will replace the previously announced production of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman.
Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, STC's The Little Foxes) will direct Hughie at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) Jan. 31-March 17, 2013. The company plans to include Shaw's Man and Superman in a future season.
Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff, who will star in the fall Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, will star in Hughie, marking his STC mainstage debut.
"I have long admired Richard's work on stage and film, including his work on 'The West Wing,'" said artistic director Kahn. "With Richard's involvement in Hughie, this coming season is the ideal time to explore this work."
Here's how the company describes Hughie: "One of Eugene O'Neill's later works, Hughie is a commanding study of Erie Smith, a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle are wavering after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. Erie is searching for a new person to affirm his transparent fantasies or else be forced to face his own crushing self-pity. Hughie stands to transfix its audience with the raw force wrought by one of O'Neill's most stirring characters."
Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was the 2012 recipient of the Tony Award for Regional Theatre. Read the earlier Playbill.com story about the company's 2012-13 season here.
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