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Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill

January 14 - February 12, 2011
Gunston Theatre Two (directions)

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Beyond the Horizon won Eugene O’Neill his first Pulitzer Prize, and the romantic tragedy is considered a turning point in the development of American drama. Critics pronounced it the first great play of the 20th Century, and despite the passage of time, this spare, beautiful, achingly emotional story of a star-crossed love triangle touches on universal themes that will resonate with every audience member, young and old.

Beyond the Horizon marks the American Century Theater directing debut of Kathleen Akerley, one of the D.C. area’s most original and acclaimed directors. Director Akerley last worked with TACT as an actress, in the Philip Barry fantasy Hotel Universe, directed by Steven Scott Mazzola. For Beyond the Horizon their roles are switched, with Akerley directing and Mazzola producing the show. She is the artistic director of her own area theater company, the acclaimed Longacre Lea, and has directed shows for Solas Nua, Forum Theatre, Theater Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, and Catalyst Theatre, among others.

As is her style, Akerley’s approach to the show will embody respect for the original intent of the author enhanced by her own creative insight. Helping her create a Beyond the Horizon for the 21st Century is an able cast: Felipe Cabezas, Joe Cronin, Joshua Drew, Ashley DeMain, Jane Petkofsky, Amy Quiggins, Eli Sibley, and Chuck Young.

Producer Mazzola, who has always brought a strong design sense to his own shows, has assembled an outstanding design team. The set design is by Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden, the costumes by Jennifer Tardiff, and the lighting design by Marianne Meadows. Neil McFadden is the sound designer, and Arthur Brill is responsible for props. Puppeteers Eric Brooks and Don Beckeralso have a key role to play; you will have to see the production to find out what.

The scenic painter is Beau Hamilton, and the technical team will be coordinated by Technical Director Jim Alexander. The show’s stage manager is Lisa Blythe.

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (including two intermissions)


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