Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Play

Writers: Eugene O'Neill

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
4
Tony Award®
Best Play 1957
First Produced
1956
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
august 1912, the tyrone’s family home in the seaside of ct
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
professional theater, college theater, community theater, broadway
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

One of the most lauded plays in the history of American theater, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the masterpiece of Eugene O’Neill. It is O’Neill’s most autobiographical play, and was so deeply personal that the author requested it not be produced until twenty-five years after his death. Long Day’s Journey, despite its three- to four-hour running time, unfolds entirely in a single day in the life of the Tyrone family: starting in the morning, as the Tyrones gather for breakfast, and coming to a close late that evening. Over the course of the play, Edmund Tyrone finds out he has contracted consumption, a likely fatal disease, and his mother Mary lapses back into a morphine addiction. Edmund’s brother Jamie sinks into bitter alcohol-infused delirium, and their father James, a commercially successful Broadway actor, bemoans that fear of poverty prevented him from being the artist he could have been. All four Tyrones are haunted by their failures and their fears, which gradually overwhelm them.

Lead Characters