Long Day’s Journey into Night opens on March 17th 2020 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, featuring actors of color and exploring Eugene O’Neill‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play through the lens of African-American experiences.
The play, which won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for its author, Eugene O’Neill, is a semi-autobiographical memoir of his self- destructive Irish-American family and the binding power of memories.
Directed by Boston director, Fort Point Theatre Channel’s Amy S. West, the production presents a unique and relevant perspective by casting actors of color as the Tyrone family, and infusing O’Neill’s play with African-American music and movement, revisiting the question of who gets to play canonical American theater roles, and particularly focusing on Mary Tyrone and the way gender and race impact portrayals of struggle, strength, and survival.
The cast includes local Boston favorites Dayenne CB Walters as Mary Tyrone (The Crucible/Central Square Theatre; With Glittering Eyes/Hibernian Hall), Paul Benford-Bruce as James Tyrone (The Convert/Central Square Theatre; Three Sisters/Apollinaire Theatre), Dominic Carter as Jamie Tyrone (Fences/The Umbrella Arts Center; Jesus Hopped the “A” Train/Hovey Players), Ciera-Sade Wade as Cathleen (for colored girls…/Hibernian Hall), and Zair Silva as Edmund Tyrone (Coriolanus,/Praxis Stage; Smoked Oysters,/TC Squared.) Music is composed and performed by Akili Jamal James.
Read the entire article as it originally appeared in Broadway World here.