Two-time Tony winner Brian Dennehy was scheduled to appear in a double bill pairing Beckett's Tape with Eugene O'Neill's Hughie as the season opener. Dennehy, however, will still appear in Hughie, which plays the Connecticut venue Oct. 15-Nov. 9.
Long Wharf says that Dennehy and Tony Award-winning director Robert Falls (Death of a Salesman) have been exploring a new concept for Krapp's Last Tape and will not have sufficient rehearsal time in anticipation of the Oct. 15 start date. Audiences at Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival will have the opportunity to see Dennehy perform Krapp's Last Tape in its current state when the production runs in conjunction with Hughie June 18-Aug. 31.
Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein said in a statement, "Brian and Bob Falls have been developing a new concept for Krapp's Last Tape. Due to Brian's performance schedule at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival we don't have sufficient rehearsal time to fully execute this concept. Rather than do something incomplete, we are turning our full attention to Hughie."
In Hughie, "Erie Smith, a small-time gambler, wanders home to a seedy New York hotel fresh from a grief-stricken bout of drinking: Hughie, night clerk and once-captive audience for Erie's tall tales, has died. Will Erie find in Hughie’s replacement the affirmation and friendship he craves?"
Dennehy is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performances in Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey Into Night. He most recently appeared in the Public Theater staging of Richard Nelson's Conversations in Tusculum. For more information visit longwharf.org.
The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.