2.19.2013

At REDCAT -The Wooster Group & New York City Players: Early Plays - 2.21 through 2.24.13



Los Angeles premiere!
BASED ON THE GLENCAIRN PLAYS BY EUGENE O’NEILL
DIRECTED BY RICHARD MAXWELL OF NEW YORK CITY PLAYERS
PRODUCED BY THE WOOSTER GROUP WITH PERFORMERS FROM BOTH COMPANIES.

The Wooster Group's director, Elizabeth LeCompte, invited Richard Maxwell of New York City Players to direct Eugene O’Neill’s early “Glencairn” plays—Bound East for Cardiff (1914), The Long Voyage Home (1917), and The Moon of the Caribbees (1918). The Early Plays takes O’Neill’s tales of sailors as a base to explore themes of longing and eternity. Dark episodes showing the underside of turn-of-the-century maritime life—brawls, dances and carousing—are staged with a quotidian grace, allowing these simple stories to resonate emotionally. The episodes are threaded together with haunting melodies written by Maxwell; the cast features performers from both companies.

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