Berkshire Theatre Group Presents Anna Christie, Featuring Rebecca Brooksher, Alison Fraser, Jonathan Hogan

By Carey Purcell
August 21, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group is currently offering Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie through Aug. 31.

Preview performances began Aug. 20; opening night is Aug. 24.

Directed by David Auburn, the cast includes Rebecca Brooksher as Anna Christopherson, Alison Fraser as Marthy Owen, Jonathan Hogan as Chris Christopherson, Derek Wilson as Mat Burke and Walton Wilson as Larry.

"Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece tells the story of Anna Christie, a young woman abandoned by her father and forced into a life of hardship," press notes state. "When the two are finally reunited, Anna must learn to forgive her father's past transgressions. However, after Anna falls in love with a sailor, certain secrets come to light, and the love of father and daughter is truly tested."

"It's an extremely gripping and suspenseful story, very human and gritty,” director Auburn said in a statement. "The sexual politics are surprisingly modern, radical even. Anna is a former prostitute who's trying to leave her past behind, but when she's rejected for that past she defends herself in some very surprising ways. The play still has the capacity to shock — to make the audience gasp. That's pretty remarkable 90 years on.”

Tickets and more information can be found by visiting BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.