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Long Day's Journey into Night

By: Eugene O'Neill
Narrated by: Bill Camp,Elizabeth Marvel,Ato Blankson-Wood,Jason Bowen
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Publisher's Summary

"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(R)-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(R) Award-nominee Bill Camp (The Crucible, The Queen’s Gambit), three-time Obie Award(R)-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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About the Director

Robert O'Hara is the Tony-nominated director of Slave Play and is currently working on several film, television, and Broadway projects. He’s a two-time Obie Award and two-time NAACP Award winner whose work has been seen around the country.

About the Performer

Bill Camp is best known for his Emmy-nominated performance in HBO's critically acclaimed limited series The Night Of as well as his SAG-nominated performance as Mr. Shaibel in the hit Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit. A veteran of the stage, Camp received a 2016 Tony Award nomination for his performance as Reverend John Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by Ivo Van Hove. He also received a Drama Desk nomination for his role as Charley in Mike Nichols's production of Death of a Salesman (Tony Award for Best Revival). Additional theater credits include Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Jackie, The Seagull. Off-Broadway: Homebody/Kabul (Obie Award winner), The Misanthrope, Olly's Prison. Camp is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He was also recently ranked as the #1 Greatest Character Actor by New York Magazine for his prolific work in the past decade, and recently reteamed with his The Looming Tower team of Jeff Daniels and Dan Futterman in American Rust on Showtime.

About the Performer

Elizabeth Marvel was last seen in Marvel's Helstrom for Hulu, as well as Paul Greengrass’ News of the World for Universal. Prior to this, Marvel was seen in the critically acclaimed limited series Unbelievable for Netflix. Additional work on Netflix includes The Meyerowitz Stories co-starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller and directed by Noah Baumbach. This was a stark contrast to her series regular role of the first female President on Homeland for Showtime. Elizabeth also played series regular Heather Dunbar' on House of Cards for yet another Netflix collaboration. An integral part of the New York theater scene, Marvel portrayed Marc Anthony in Shakespeare in the Park’s ground-breaking production of Julius Caesar. She has won 4 Obie Awards for her Off-Broadway work, most notably for the title role in Ivo Van Hove's 2004 production of Hedda Gabler. She also received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Fifty Words. Of her numerous Broadway roles, she is best known for her portrayal of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, a role which she originated off-Broadway. Marvel is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Up next, Marvel will star in Hulu limited series The Dropout about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.

About the Performer

Ato Blankson-Wood received a Tony nomination (Featured Actor in a Play) for his explosive and moving performance as Gary, one half of an interracial gay couple struggling with the multilayered complexities that follow in Broadway’s Slave Play. Ato was with the production since its sold-out off-Broadway run, for which he was the only cast member nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award (Featured Actor in a Play). Slave Play isn’t the first time the graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama has tackled a provocative and politically charged role. He is most recognized for his 2017 breakout performance in the Public Theater musical The Total Bent (Drama League and Lucille Lortel Award nomination) which explored the life of a black musical prodigy in a nation on the verge of social upheaval. He also starred in Chris Urch's The Rolling Stone at Lincoln Center as Dembe, a young man who is forced to keep his true identity a secret in Uganda where being gay is illegal. Ato was most recently seen alongside Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan in the biographical drama Worth which premiered on Netflix in September.

About the Performer

Jason Bowen's previous credits include Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong. Off-Broadway: Native Son (The Acting Co.), If Pretty Hurts (Playwrights Horizons), Alternating Currents (Working Theater), My Mañana Comes (Playwright's Realm). Regional: Native Son (Yale Rep.), Skeleton Crew (Studio Theatre), Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage), As You Like It, Black Odyssey (Denver Center Theatre Co.), June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (IRNE Award for Best Actor - Drama) (Huntington Theatre Co.). TV/Film: Orange Is The New Black (Netflix), Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Braindead (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Upside, What's Your Number?

Dear Listener,

How did I approach editing Eugene O'Neill's classic work in a way that brought it into the modern era (specifically the time of quarantine)?
"The great thing about editing A Long Day’s Journey Into Night was that I didn’t have to do it alone. Beth Marvel and I did a few passes early on, and then when we started rehearsals the entire cast sat around the table for about a week and we all dug in and read the play several times, and everyone suggested cuts. So, it was about the actors, their choices and how they saw their characters, and the removal of anything that made it feel like it wasn’t present day. "Consumption," for instance, is what Edmond has in the original play, so to make it present day COVID a line that would normally read as "The doctor thinks it’s consumption… doesn’t he?" Now reads as "The doctor thinks it’s…. doesn’t he?" That coupled with face masks and boxes of hand sanitizer and modern setting and costumes is all one needs to know what we’re talking about. We also removed a character of a maid/cook because, of course, during quarantine you wouldn’t have someone outside the family coming and going in and out of the house. So, references to food were turned into visual references to food deliveries. Small removals of words allowed the imagination to live in the present day." – Robert O’Hara, director of Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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A Terrific Reimagining of a Masterpiece

This adaptation has picked up some less-than-enthusiastic ratings. Please don’t believe them. This listen is a terrific re-working of O’Neill’s most wrenching family play.

It’s troubling that no one has been given credit for cutting the script, but the edit is effective. The pared-down text retains the action essential to the characters and the story as well as frighteningly current references to the troubled economy and struggles with addiction.

The direction and acting are remarkable. The fresh interpretation provides listeners an almost voyeuristic glimpse into a family’s life that is all the more tragic because it is so accessible.

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Does justice to O’Neill’s play

Having been lucky enough to have seen the live production at the Minetta Lane theater, I wasn’t sure how well it would translate to Audible, but it surely does, thanks to the talent of the four actors.
This autobiographical play, which won the Pulitzer Prize, is not what you’d call a fun listen,
but it is powerful, thought provoking, surprisingly current and performed in a way you will long remember.

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Truth on addiction

This is a true examination of addiction. It is useful during this post pandemic time to hear this play and it’s truth about addiction and isolation

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horrible

I listened because I knew it was a classic, but I did not enjoy it. i did not find it thought provoking... It was just depressing and frustrating. I don't know why it was called a magnum opus or why it won a pulitzer prize, much less a Tony award. That said, I'm glad I listened to it so that now I know what it was all about and can understand other literary references to it. The production was good and the actors were good, but the play itself was bad.

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Peculiar.

The narration was fine but the story left a lot to he desired. The ending was abysmal. Very peculiar.

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BORING

The other reviews are right....just people yelling over each other ranting on and on. I couldn't bare to listen beyond the first 20 minutes.

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Not worth it

I wish I followed the reviews and didn’t listen. It was 2 hours of family members saying and yelling nasty things at each other then apologizing and doing it again. The whole story made no sense and the whole situation seemed chaotic. Not a fan.

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2 hours I'll never get back

so depressing. nothing uplifting. the cast did a great job but for the life of me I don't know why they would spend time & $$ recording this. I've never read the original but I know this "updated" version is not good. had it been longer than 2 hours I would've given up on it. I wish I hadn't even given it the full 2 hours. pass!

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Disfunctional brilliance

A kind of disfunctional love accentuated by the bottle. Great dialogues. Perhaps a commentary on present dystopia.

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Tough

Family values filtered and warped through drug addiction. Each one hopes for better and just might resolve it all if they could only try a different remedy.

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Badly acted

Couldn't get far into this. Purely acted in my opinion. Failed to achieve suspension of disbelief.