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A Moon for the Misbegotten

Eugene O´Neill

We spend most of our lives trying to win the approval of others. We constantly try to guess. We imitate our parents, teachers, and friends. How do I have to act in order to be accepted by others? What do I have to do in order to be appreciated in the society? We pretend, we mock, we are rude and we feel scared. The last thing we dare to do is to be ourselves. We are afraid to express our deepest desire – to love and be loved. And so we let quite a few chances go by.
A Moon for the Misbegotten (1942) can be considered to be a sequel to O’Neill’s autobiographical work Long Day’s Journey into Night. James Tyrone, who is present in both plays, refers to Eugene O’Neill’s older brother James O’Neill. Merle Karusoo recently staged Long Day’s Journey into Night in the Estonian Drama Theatre; the play was performed in Keila-Joa manor.

The events take place in a neglected farm in Connecticut in September of 1923. Tenant Phil Hogan is an intriguer, a man with a heart of stone and as miserly as the land that he tries hard to cultivate. His daughter Josie – an Irish woman with a sharp tongue and a steady hand – is a virgin, despite the vicious rumours going around in the village, and hopelessly in love with James. Landowner James Tyrone is a drinking buddy of Phil’s, a cynical self-destructive man who is suffering from a spiritual trauma triggered by the death of his mother. The lives of all the characters change on a moonlit night. Hogan plans for a devious intrigue but for Josie and Tyrone this will become the night of love and truth.

Lavastaja ja muusikaline kujundaja Ingomar Vihmar
Kunstnik Riina Degtjarenko
Valguse kujundaja Raido Talvend
Tõlkinud Minni Nurme

Osades: Kersti Heinloo, Jaan Rekkor, Roland Laos, Märt Avandi, Taavi Teplenkov või Pääru Oja.

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage