The upcoming Syracuse Stage production of Eugene O'Neill's A Long Day's Journey Into Night will truly be a family drama. Father and son actors, Sam and James Waterston, will take the roles of patriarch James Tyrone and youngest son, Edmund, in the mounting. Joining them will be recent Tony-winner, Elizabeth Franz, as Mary Tyrone. Kent Paul will direct.
Journey will play June 6 to July 2, with an opening June 14.
According to a statement, the elder Waterston saw James play the role of Edmund in a Pittsburgh production, and the performance inspired him to appear in the play with his son.
Waterston senior, a product of the New York theatre, is best known through his regular role on the long-running television series, "Law & Order," and by films such as "The Killing Fields" and "The Great Gatsby." He last appeared on the New York stage in a grand revival of Robert E. Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois at Lincoln Center Theater. He made his New York debut in 1962 in Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad... He also appeared in Kopit's Indians. During the 70s, he played several major Shakespearean roles including Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, at the Delacorte Theatre and on Broadway; Prospero in The Tempest at the Vivian Beaumont; and Hamlet, again first the Delacorte and later on Broadway.
Franz won a Tony in 1999 for her performance as Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. Tickets are $15-$40. Syracuse Stage is located at 820 Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York. For information, call (315) 443-3275.
--By Robert Simonson