"Ah, Wilderness!" presented by East Lynne Theater Company
Name: "Ah, Wilderness!" presented by East Lynne Theater Company
Date: August 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
?The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam! That?s the best of all! ?A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me singing in the wilderness,?? says seventeen-year old Richard, defending his choice of literature to his parents. His letters to his girlfriend, Muriel, contain quotes from Khayam and Swinburne. Finding these letters offensive, Muriel?s father forbids Richard to see his daughter again. Heartbroken, Richard goes on a bender and meets Belle. Is Richard going to turn into his Uncle Sid, or can he be brought back to his senses? This large-cast play takes place during the July 4th weekend in 1906 in a small Connecticut town. Eugene O?Neill?s (1888-1953) only comedy, "Ah, Wilderness!" offers a gentle portrait of family values and teenage growing pains. This is the life O?Neill wished he?d had. "Long Day?s Journey into Night", earning O?Neill his fourth Pulitzer Prize, is based on the real-life tragedy of his past. When "Ah, Wilderness!" premiered on Broadway in 1933, George M. Cohan portrayed Nat Miller, Richard?s father. When it went on the road, Will Rogers played the part.