Between the Lines: Mourning Becomes Electra

October 16, 2011

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Scene from Remy Bumppo's production of "Mourning Becomes Electra"

Get the most out of your Remy Bumppo experience! Listen in to what's Between the Lines! Remy Bumppo's Between the Lines events are offered once per play as part of a special Saturday matinee.

For the first time, Remy Bumppo’s 2011/2012 Between the Lines preshow lecture events will feature the adaptors and writers of the season’s plays as our special guests. Each Between the Lines event includes a preshow talk with the writer, the play’s performance, and a postshow discussion with the writer and cast. It is a wonderful afternoon of think theatre!

This Between the Lines event focuses on the play Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill. Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre, shares his passion for O’Neill and illuminates how, in his adaptation, he packed all the power of Mourning Becomes Electra in to just half the time.

Gordon Edelstein has directed over a hundred plays, musicals, and operas across the U.S. as well as Europe. Most recently his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie played at the Roundabout Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum and was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. For the Roundabout he also directed the American premiere of A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonaugh and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Later this year he will direct the Broadway production of A Road to Mecca, starring Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale, and Carla Gugino. His other New York work includes: Richard Nelson’s Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), the premiere of BFE by Julia Cho (Playwrights Horizons), The Day the Bronx Died by Michael Henry Brown, and many others. Upcoming projects include the world premieres of Sophie’s Choice (Long Wharf Theatre) and Dael Orlandersmith’s Horsedreams (Rattlestick) and The Crucible (Hartford Stage). He is in his tenth year as artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT) where he has recently begun an association with Athol Fugard, directing the premieres of his most recent work, Coming Home, Have you Seen Us? (starring Sam Waterston) and The Train Driver. His directing work at Long Wharf has been recognized by six Connecticut Critics Circle Awards as well as the Tom Killian Award for Outstanding Artist in the State. Before Long Wharf, he served for five years as artistic director of ACT in Seattle. He has directed regionally from Washington, DC’s Arena Stage to Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre, including such plays as Uncle Vanya (also adapted), The Crucible (Wall Street Journal Best Regional Production of the Year), Death of a Salesman, A Doll’s House (also adapted), The Front Page, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and the premieres of A Scent of the Roses and A New War.

Recorded Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Greenhouse Theater Center.