December 14, 2010
Arden Theatre Company continues its 2010/11 season with Eugene O’Neill’s American masterpiece A Moon for the Misbegotten
. This mythic tale of old sins and the redemptive power of love will be staged on the Arden’s intimate Arcadia stage from January 6 – February 27, 2011.
“This is a classic play, but is deeply of the moment, touching as it does on people looking for meaning and hope in each other despite difficult economic conditions,” says producing artistic director Terrence J. Nolen. “Here we have an opportunity to see two of the finest actors in our family of artists take on two of the greatest roles in the American cannon, and a director who injects energy and visceral life into every literate moment.”
The Arden’s tradition of presenting American classics centered around Philadelphia actors includes the work of Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams and August Wilson. O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten
continues this focus of telling great stories by our country’s great storytellers featuring Philadelphia actress Grace Gonglewski (Rabbit Hole, Major Barbara, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
) as Josie Hogan alongside Eric Hissom (Our Town
) as James Tyrone, Jr. The cast also features H. Michael Walls (Willi
) as Phil Hogan, Sean Lally (Romeo and Juliet, The Threepenny Opera
) as Mike Hogan, and Allen Radway (Long Day’s Journey into Night
at Simpatico Theatre Company) in his Arden debut as T. Stedman Harder.
”This cast is able to go to the complex and dark places O’Neill’s play demands because of the trust we have developed over years of working together,” says director Matt Pfeiffer, who acted in two different productions of Moon
early in his career. “I’m interested in taking this play off the page and putting it directly into our audiences’ chests.” In addition to past work at the Arden on Romeo and Juliet, Wittenberg
and Go, Dog. Go!
, Pfeiffer has seen much success directing throughout the Philadelphia area with such American classics as Glengarry Glen Ross
(David Mamet) and Bug
(Tracy Letts) at Theatre Exile.
A Moon for the Misbegotten
deals with universal themes of identity and forgiveness through a very personal family story. Staged with the seating on three sides of the action, the audience will become part of the fully lived details of the character’s daily lives, having the opportunity to pay particular attention to O’Neill’s poetic language.
The creative team includes frequent Pfeiffer collaborators set designer Matt Saunders (MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama), lighting designer Thom Weaver (2010 Barrymore nomination for Blue Door
), costume designer Alison Roberts (Arden’s costumer supervisor), and sound designer James Sugg, (2010 Pew Fellow, Romeo and Juliet, My Name Is Asher Lev
, four Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Sound Design). This young design team brings a fresh and open perspective to the classic play, while honoring the work without conceptualizing Hogans and Tyrones out of the early 1900s setting O’Neill intended.
The final dress rehearsal of A Moon for the Misbegotten
on Wednesday, January 5 at 8pm is open to the public as a Pay-What-You-Can performance, with all proceeds collected donated to the Rosenbach Museum and Library, who seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs, and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. They are located at 2008-2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia.
A Moon for the Misbegotten
previews begin on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Preview performances run January 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. Opening night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 12. Closing is set for Sunday, February 27, 2011.
Single ticket prices are $29- $48, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 10+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org,
or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.
The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, February 25 at 8pm and Saturday, February 26 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.
A Moon for the Misbegotten
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Two lost souls catch a glimpse of happiness in the moonlight. The newly lit fire within them seems strong enough to withstand a lifetime of disappointment and regret, but will it still be flickering when the cold dawn breaks? One of America’s master storytellers at the height of his powers, O’Neill creates a mythic tale of old sins and the redemptive power of love. This companion piece to Long Day's Journey into Night
was O'Neill's final play.
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106
December 1, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Preview performances: January 6 - 11, 2011
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, January 12, 2011
$29-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen
Group discounts available for 10+
Student Rush tickets at the door only five minutes before curtain for $5 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org
Grace Gonglewski (Resident of Mt. Airy, PA) - Josie Hogan
Eric Hissom (Resident of Sarasota, FL) - James Tyrone, Jr.
Sean Lally (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Mike Hogan
Allen Radway (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - T. Stedman Harder
H. Michael Walls (Resident of Woodbury, NJ) - Phil Hogan
Matt Pfeiffer - Director
Matt Saunders - Set Designer
Alison Roberts - Costume Designer
Thom Weaver - Lighting Designer
James Sugg - Sound Designer
Alec E. Ferrell - Stage Manager
OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS:
Harmelin Media, Hatboro Beverages,
Stephen Starr Events
Reviewing members of the press are invited to all opening nights and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at email@example.com.
Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.
The Arden’s 2010/11 season includes:
- Ghost-Writer, a world premiere by Michael Hollinger: September 9 – November 7, 2010
- The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill: September 30 – November 7, 2010
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton, adapted by Charles Way: December 1, 2010 – January 30, 2011
- A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill: January 6 – February 27, 2011
- Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts: March 3 – April 3, 2011
- Wanamaker’s Pursuit, a world premiere by Rogelio Martinez, part of the Philadelphia International
Festival of the Arts, inspired by the Kimmel Center: March 31 – May 22, 2011
- The Flea and the Professor, a world premiere musical by Jordan Harrison with music by Richard Gray,
based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen: May 4 – June 12, 2011
Three and five-show subscriptions for the 2010/11 season are now available. Subscribers enjoy significant savings on tickets, the best choice of seats and a liberal ticket exchange policy. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at wwww.ardentheatre.org
, or visit the box office.
Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.
The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine
“Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper
“Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer
“Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 53 awards and 250 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly