Rochester Community Players: Irish Program will present “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on April 5-10 at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester.
Produced by Peter Scribner and directed by Jean Gordon Ryon, this autobiographical play by Eugene O’Neill takes place on one day in the life of the Tyrone family in 1912 Connecticut as the mother relapses into morphine addiction and the youngest son is diagnosed with tuberculosis.
As the four members of the family are thrown into crisis, they are caught in a cycle of love and resentment, haunted by the past but unable to face the present. Drug- and bourbon-fueled tirades expose guilt, shame, remorse and addiction. O’Neill paints a portrait of a family on a single day that begins as any other, only to become a night from which they will never recover.
This production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama stars Bill Alden as the patriarch James; Judy McCaffrey as his wife, Mary; Bill McDonough as eldest son Jamie; and Ged Owen as Edmund, the character representing O’Neill. Amanda McFaul performs as serving girl Cathleen, who is an unwitting witness to the family’s anguish.
Tickets cost $19 for general admission, $14 for seniors older than 65 and $9 for juniors younger than 25. Visit muccc.org for information.
“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is the Irish Program’s entry for this year’s Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. The troupe has entered this competition every year since 2003 and won numerous awards, including best production, best director and best actress for its 2018 production of “Closing Time” by Owen McCafferty.