Eugene O’Neill’s

Long Day’s Journey Into Night


October 4 - 29, 2017


One fateful summer day, the Tyrone family gathers in New London, Connecticut, bound to a past they are unable to forgive or forget. James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons fight for the stability and survival of their family, but are caught in a hopeless cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulges in its vices, the truth unravels, leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. An unashamedly autobiographical account of O’Neill’s own life “written in tears and blood,” Long Day’s Journey into Night is considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century. The production will star Barrymore Award Winner E. Ashley Izard as Mary Tyrone.

REVIEWS

"...under the direction of Alexander Burns, an able cast makes it happen...   E. Ashley Izard gives a blistering, shattering performance as materfamilias Mary Tyrone...   Izard alone makes this show worth seeing...   These four compel us all the way through this labyrinth ...    Long Day’s Journey Into Night strikes home: it nevertheless transfixes the American soul with a pin through the heart." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"...just as anger has many shades, and Burns's fine cast doesn't settle for stereotypes. Jean-Paul Sartre famously said that "hell is other people." For O'Neill, especially in Long Day's Journey into Night, hell is family. Burns wisely doesn't cut or rush the play, and even allows necessary, meaningful silences. That the Tyrones' claustrophobic battles are harrowing is to be expected; that they're so engrossing is a testament not only to O'Neill's talents, but to Quintessence's maturing skills." - The Broad Street Review

"Director Alexander Burns' excruciating and exquisite production at Quintessence Theatre Group emphasizes this tension by embracing both the family's abiding love and the depth of cruelty among them. For anybody ready to explore the gnarled soul of the American family, Eugene O'Neill still has a lot to give." - Talkin' Broadway

"O’Neill’s play is rightly admired for its psychological insight into addiction and the burdens of memory, and his ever-timely examination is a must-see. At Quintessence, Burns and his cast capture the blame, shame, and anger which course through each character." - Phindie

"The acting is excellent all around...   The real stand out is E. Ashley Izard and her brilliant portrayal of Mary. She seamlessly oscillates between reasonable and manic before the character’s deep descent. It would be incredibly easy to over-act any one of her tirades, but Izard lets Mary keep her humanity with a foot in reality for the majority of the day... Josh Carpenter as Jamie truly blew me away” - Philly Review

Ensemble

James Tyrone .................................................................................... Paul Hebron

Mary Cavan Tyrone .......................................................................... E. Ashley Izard

James Tyrone, Jr. ............................................................................. Josh Carpenter

Edmund Tyrone ............................................................................... James Patrick Davis

Cathleen ........................................................................................... Cassandra Nary

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Direction and Set Design ......................................................... Alexander Burns

Lighting Design ........................................................................... Ellen Moore

Costume Design ......................................................................... Jane Casanave

Fight Direction ............................................................................ J. Alex Cordaro

Dialect Coach .............................................................................. Leonard Kelly