And several other times in my life, when I was swimming far out, or lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience, became the sun, the hot sand, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide. Like a saint’s vision of beatitude. Like the veil of things as they seem drawn back by an unseen hand. For a second you see, and seeing the secret, you are the secret. For a second there is meaning! Then the hand lets the veil fall and you are alone, lost in the fog again, and you stumble on towards nowhere for no good reason.
—Edmund Tyrone, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Maryland Public Television’s Rhea Feikin visits with Everyman’s Danny Gavigan about the production. Opening night is January 31st.
The drama, which the New York Times once described as “A tempest in bourbon bottle,” is Everyman’s first O’Neill production. Directed by Donald Hicken, it features:
Katharine Ariyan as Cathleen
Danny Gavigan as Edmund Tyrone
Tim Getman as Jamie Tyron
Deborah Hazlett as Mary Tyrone
Kurt Rhoads as James Tyrone
As an overview, Everyman writes:
What begins as an ordinary summer day at the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family morphs into a night filled with foggy, drink-laced demons where long-buried secrets are revealed—and once exposed cannot be ignored. A long-revered showcase for tour-de-force performances, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece (published posthumously) lays bare what we all know to be true: the ardor of familial love cannot always protect you. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an autobiographical insight into its late, legendary playwright—and a compassionately brutal look at one family’s struggle to fight for love itself.