Eugene O’Neill’s magnum opus, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, won the 1956 Tony Award for Best Play and 1957’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It all happened posthumously, because O’Neill, who died in 1953, refused to publish the play during his lifetime: it was a little too autobiographical. The play zooms in on the four members of the Tyrone family, all home on an August day and variously afflicted with illness, addiction, and regret. This season, the director Robert O’Hara, who recently directed the audacious Slave Play, brings the Tyrone family back onstage, only now it’s the coronavirus lockdown that traps them together under under one roof. Editing O’Neill’s three-hour drama to half its length, O’Hara casts Bill Camp (The Crucible, The Queen’s Gambit) and Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards, Homeland) as James and Mary (they’re a couple offstage, too). In addition to five-weeks of live performances, the play’s audio will be recorded and available for streaming on Audible. —J.D.
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