Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie at Readers Theatre Repertory
Readers Theatre Repertory welcomes guest director Douglas Mitchell on December 11 & 12 2015, who brings us Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” – the last of the playwright’s surviving one-acts, and one of his best. This powerful, haunting tale takes us to a run-down hotel on Manhattan’s west side during the summer of 1928, only months before the onset of the Great Depression. Erie Smith, a “small fry gambler and horse player” recovers from a three-day drunk as he mourns the death of his only real friend, “Hughie” Hughes, the hotel’s night clerk.
Mitchell assembles a stellar cast: Gavin Hoffman as Erie Smith, Randy Patterson as the Night Clerk, and Del Lewis as the Narrator. Says Mitchell: “It is said that a man can put a value on his life in direct proportion to the number of friends he has upon his death. In a way, a man without friends is already dead. He is alone in a society that venerates relationships, and rates him by who he knows, and the influence he wields.”
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