If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to O’Neill25 October 2008
Eugene O’Neill. American playwright. Tragedy. Gloom and doom. Disillusionment and despair.
And yet, O’Neill wrote one comedy. A gentle, nostalgic look at the boyhood—and the family—he wished he’d had.
I have been cast in Ah, Wilderness! at Chemainus Theatre Festival (same place I did Miracle on 34th Street last year) as Nat Miller, patriarch and owner of the local newspaper. It’s a role that has been played by the likes of George M. Cohan (original Broadway cast, 1933), Lionel Barrymore (movie, 1935), Jason Robards (Broadway, 1988), Craig T. Nelson (Broadway 1998), and Walter Pidgeon (musical version—Take Me Along, 1959).
A warmhearted and classic piece of theatre by an immortal. Spring on beautifully scenic Vancouver Island. Actual work in my actual profession. Good all around.
April 22 to May 23, 2009. Be there.