Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced a revision to the 2012-2013 Season, which will now include Eugene O'Neill's Hughie. This play will replace the previously announced production of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. Tony Award winnerDoug Hughes (STC's The Little Foxes, Broadway's Doubt) will direct Hughie at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from January 31 – March 17, 2013.
Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff will make his STC mainstage debut when he stars in Hughie. Schiff and Kahn have a mutual interest in O'Neill's Hughie; "I have long admired Richard's work on stage and film, including his work on The West Wing. With Richard's involvement in Hughie, this coming season is the ideal time to explore this work," says Kahn. The Company plans to include Shaw's Man and Superman in a future season.
by Eugene O'Neill
directed by Doug Hughes
January 31 – March 17, 2013
One of Eugene O'Neill's later works, Hughie is a commanding study of Erie Smith, a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle are wavering after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. Erie is searching for a new person to affirm his transparent fantasies or else be forced to face his own crushing self-pity. Hughie stands to transfix its audience with the raw force wrought by one of O'Neill's most stirring characters.