Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape
The Classics Theatre Project brings audiences an intensely intimate and provocative production of Eugene O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE: A COMEDY OF ANCIENT AND MODERN LIFE IN EIGHT SCENES, October 13-November 6 at The Core Theatre in Richardson. Adapted and directed by Joey Folsom, with an original score created and performed live by Braden Socia and Petra Milano, the ensemble cast tackles O’Neill’s take on expressionism in this work that directly challenges the underlying rags-to-riches mythology of America and powerfully examines the effects of alienation in the modern world.
John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger
Focusing on the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of working-class origin, Jimmy Porter, and his equally competent yet impassive upper-middle-class wife Alison. This realist play spawned the term “angry young man” and birthed a new movement in theatre to hold the mirror up to reality rather than giving the audience an escape from their own reality. It pits each class against the other and brings home the old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.
John Drinkwater’s Abraham Lincoln
Adapted by The Classics Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Joey Folsom, this telling of the life of Abraham Lincoln is a rare depiction of events in the life of an iconic U.S. President. The play covers events in Lincoln’s Presidency from his election in 1860 to his assassination, but omits most of the events in his private life, showing only snapshots of his public life and the very real struggles of dealing with the presidency in a time of great turmoil.