ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day’s Journey into Night" is set more than 100 years ago.
The issues characters face in the play, however, are timeless: illness, alcoholism and addiction, specifically, opioid addiction.
In that sense, with states now battling pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, American Stage putting this masterwork on their stage could not be more timely.
The play is based on O’Neill’s life with a drug-addicted mother. The mother in the play has just gone through treatment for morphine addiction and the family is together.
They're trying to face their problems to move forward, and although they deeply love one another, they are, after all, related, so that "love" sometimes shows in interesting ways.
“No one knows you and loves you like your family. But also no one knows where to hurt you like your family," explains Director Brendon Fox.
You can enjoy “Long Day's Journey into Night” at American Stage Theatre through June 30. For a behind-the-scenes look at the show, watch the video above.