Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

New York, NY
This is not your parents' production of this seminal American play.
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About Long Day’s Journey Into Night

“Inarguably one of the greatest dramas in the history of the American theater” (Chicago Tribune), Eugene O'Neill’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT receives a vibrant and timely update in this interpretation by prolific, Tony Award®-nominated director Robert O’Hara (Slave Play).

At the heart of O’Neill’s masterwork is the Tyrone family, living together again under lockdown. As the pressure builds, each family member retreats to their own destructive vices. This must-see production inspired by the events of 2020 is a visceral and provocative exploration of addiction and mental health speaking to our present moment.

Starring Emmy® Award-nominee Bill Camp (The Crucible, "The Queen’s Gambit"), three-time Obie Award®-winner Elizabeth Marvel (Hedda Gabler, "Homeland"), Tony Award-nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play), and Jason Bowen (The Play That Goes Wrong).

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Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork Long Day’s Journey into Night is being revived Off-Broadway in 2022. Often called one of the greatest American plays, the show is a semi-autobiographical account of O’Neill’s own family and the tensions between them. Get Long Day’s Journey into Night tickets on TodayTix now.

Long Day’s Journey into Night is a play set over the course of a single day at the Tyrone family’s seaside cottage, a picturesque setting that hides a host of family troubles. Each of the four occupants — the spouses James and Mary, and their two grown sons, Jamie and Edmund — are dealing with their own failings and the consequences of everyone else’s.

James has spent his entire career as an actor playing one character and now is rich, but unfulfilled. Mary is a morphine addict who relapses as soon as her rehab treatment ends. Jamie quickly turns to alcohol and sex to deal with his family problems, and Edmund is struggling with a tuberculosis diagnosis and the loss of normalcy in his family as their problems boil over.

Though an American play, Long Day’s Journey into Night made its world premiere in Stockholm, Sweden in February 1956 before making its American premiere in Boston and opening on Broadway later that year. The show won a Tony Award for Best Play, and Fredric March, who played James, won for Best Actor in a Play. The show has been performed countless times worldwide since, and now Tony-nominated director Robert O’Hara is bringing an updated version of the classic show back Off-Broadway.

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What to Watch For

  • Robert O’Hara is all over the New York theatre scene this season! Besides directing Long Day’s Journey into Night Off-Broadway, he directed Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, which is playing a return engagement on Broadway.
  • The Tyrones’ shorehouse in Connecticut, Monte Cristo Cottage, was the O’Neill’s actual home — and you can visit it. The house is located in the town of New London, Connecticut, and it’s now owned and operated by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
  • Between the original Broadway production and four revivals, Long Day’s Journey into Night has been nominated for 23 Tony Awards and won seven. Not that its mastery was in any doubt!
  • Each of the play’s four main characters is based on one of O’Neill’s own family members, who suffered through the same issues. O’Neill’s father was an actor like James, his mother a morphine addict like Mary, his brother an alcoholic like Jamie, and himself a tuberculosis-stricken writer like Edmund.
  • Because Long Day’s Journey into Night was so personal to his life, O’Neill didn’t even want the show published as a play, and he didn’t want it to be published at all until 25 years after his death. He sent one copy to Random House, which refused to publish it even at O’Neill’s widow’s urging, and one copy to Yale. The play was ultimately published in 1956, only three years after his death, through Yale. Most of the proceeds went to Yale's collection of O’Neill’s works and to scholarships at its drama school.
Start date

January 11th, 2022

End date

February 20th, 2022




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