2016 Eugene O'Neill Readings
at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Payomet Performing Arts Center and Harbor Stage Company will co-produce two of Eugene O'Neill's classics, Long Day's Journey Into Night, on Thursday, April 28 at 4pm, and Desire Under The Elms on Wednesday, May 4 at 5pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Both readings are free as will be refreshments and home-made cookies and snacks during intermission.
Long Day's Journey Into Night will be directed by Myra Slotnick and will feature actors Stephen Russell, Andrew Clemons, Robin Russell, and Jane MacDonald. The play, with its underlying theme of addiction and the destructive effects it has on the members of the Tyrone family in the play, is more relevant than ever today.
Desire Under The Elms will be directed by Robert Kropf and will be read by actors Tom Brogan, Stacy Fischer, Alex Pollock, Jonathan Fielding and Robert Kropf. Land, lust, greed and desperation make this a twentieth-century American classic. Set in rural New England, the action explodes when an aging but vital patriarch returns to the family farm with his young bride. The youngest of his three sons loathes the newcomer, but hatred soon gives way to lust, and the resulting conflict rocks the family and the farm to its roots.
It is noteworthy that these and other readings of O'Neill's work are taking place throughout the year across the outer Cape to celebrate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's participation in the Provincetown Players in 1916.