Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eugene O’Niell Play to be Presented at Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will perform Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Niell November 2 through November 5 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.

O’Neill, often called America’s greatest playwright, first produced the play in 1947. It’s real fame, however, came after 1957, and it has since been produced on Broadway five times with actors such as Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, and Kevin Spacey. The language and relationships in the play are typical of O’Neill’s “unblinking look at raw, and sometimes ugly truths” and yet the bittersweet acceptance of the pain in life is what makes his work so captivatingly beautiful.

Moon for the Misbegotten is set in 1923 on a farm in New England of Irish immigrant Phil Hogan and his daughter Josie. Her quick wit and sharp tongue are matched against the charming but cynical Jim Tyrone for an evening full of manipulation and romance.

“The play blends humor and tragedy together in a rather brilliant way,” says cast member Cody Watson. “I think the audiences that are coming to see it won't be able to help loving the characters they are seeing onstage.”

The show is directed by L-R alumni Joshua Yoder ‘03, who also holds a MFA in Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The cast includes Amber Ellis, senior Theatre major; Patrick Woodward, freshman Theatre major; Cody Watson, Senior Theatre major; Anthony Chambers, freshman Theatre major; and Terry Evans, Hickory community member.

The show will run Wednesday, November 2 – Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children and non-LR students, and free for L-R students with ID. The production will be performed with both actors and audience seated on the P.E. Monroe Auditorium stage, so seating is limited.

For additional information and to make reservations, call 828-328-PLAY or go to This play contains strong language and sexual innuendo that may not be suitable for children.

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