Jessica Kubzansky, director of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, opening April 20 at the Laguna Playhouse, has announced her cast for the play, which will have a three-week run.
Marjory Graue stars as the hard-working farm girl Josie Hogan, opposite Philip Earl Johnson as the boozing playboy James Tyrone, Jr. The other featured players are James Caffrey as Mike Hogan and Tom Shelton as T. Stedman Harder.
Graue is a USC grad who also attended Oxford University where she studied with the Moscow Arts Theatre. Los Angeles has seen her in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Fashion and The Last Session, among others. Johnson began his career in Chicago, performing at the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Court theatres. He appeared in the first national tour of Angels in America at L.A.'s Doolittle Theatre.
A Moon for the Misbegotten was O'Neill's last completed play and was first produced, posthumously, on Broadway in 1957.
In 1973 Jason Robards, Jr. and Colleen Dewhurst starred in a famous revival. Dewhurst, Wendy Hiller and Kate Nelligan have all won Tonys in the role of Josie. A Broadway revival starring Cherry Jones is scheduled to open in New York in December 1999, following an engagement at the Kennedy Center. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. For information and tickets call (949) 497-2787.