BSB Presents O’Neill Classic “Long Day’s Journey into Night”
March 5th, 2013
Omaha, NE — Tony Kushner called it â€œThe greatest play ever written by an American, and one of the greatest plays ever.â€
A tragedy that is a haunting, harrowing, but honest look into what it is to be family. Long Dayâ€™s Journey into Night has stood the test the time as being a timeless piece of theatre. Opening Thursday at the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre, director Cathy Kurz took time to talk about the play, itâ€™s past, itâ€™s process, and itâ€™s relevance to todayâ€™s America.
One of the first plays performed in BSBâ€™s inaugural season 20 years ago, Kurz had to do more than tackle the daunting challenge of directing the play.
â€œAnd the night before our first readthrough, the woman playing Mary fell on the ice and shattered every bone in her ankle.â€
The accident left the company with a hole that Cathy ended up filling along with her directing responsibilities.
â€œAnd so I never felt like I got to direct Long Dayâ€™s Journey and so when we were thinking about â€˜Oh twenty years. What could you do?â€™ Sometimes itâ€™s appropriate to do something you did in your first year.â€
Fast forward to present day where Kurz is once again directing the Oâ€™Neill classic. But what is it about this play that still makes it relevant today?\
â€œWhen I say true, I mean itâ€™s autobiographical, but thatâ€™s not what I mean by that. Itâ€™s fearless in rendering the complexity of the human heart and especially at itâ€™s most intense in a family.â€Perhaps Oâ€™Neill said it best when he said quote â€œAt the final curtain, there they are… each guilty and at the same time innocent, scorning, loving, pitying, understanding yet not understanding at all… forgiving, but never able to forget…â€
For more information on Brigit Saint Brigit Theatreâ€™s production of Long Dayâ€™s Journey Into Night visit bsbtheatre.com.
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