Directed by Steve Reynolds.
The Eventide Theatre Company presents, Eugene O’Neill’s last completed play, for the 100 anniversary of the beginning of his professional career as a playwright.
Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Mike Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s daughter, Josie, a boisterous Irish woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. Sparks fly, but can love possibly be enough to overcome lifetimes of disappointment, Josie must address her own, true feelings for Jamie, while Jamie must open his heart to her to give his life a sense of completion and peace.
The play is O’Neill’s grand farewell to theatre. It is a testament to the idea that true love can save and heal a heart full of remorse and regret and that the moon under which these unconventional lovers meet can revive broken spirits.