It’s a work so powerful that its author placed it in a vault, issuing orders that it not be performed until 25 years after his death.
Its words that form part of a vast, sprawling web of despair, loneliness, alcoholic misery….and, despite that (or because of it), a certain kind of painful, grey-scale beauty:
“None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done, they make you do other things…until at last…everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.”
“The past is the present, isn’t it? It’s the future, too.”
The work is Eugene O’ Neill’s masterful play Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which runs through September 5th, 2010 at Portland’s Newmark Theater, and features in its cast the towering William Hurt, as well as Portland’s own Todd Van Voris.
On the next episode of Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll be joined by Mr. Allen Nause, Artistic Director of the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, who are co-producing the play’s run (along with the Sydney Theatre Company). We’ll discuss the fascinating history of the play itself, as well as its intriguing intersections with William Hurt’s life and career.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Godzilla, King of the Monsters.