WIT LIT: Performance of ‘Hughie’ by Eugene O’Neill Foundation actors

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Pictured in WIT are the team, all the way from San Francisco, who delivered a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s one act play ‘Hughie’

Pictured in WIT are the team, all the way from San Francisco, who delivered a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s one act play ‘Hughie’

Students of the English and Theatre Studies programme in WIT were given an enthralling performance of Eugene O’ Neill’s one act play ‘Hughie’

The Department of English in WIT were delighted to welcome actors Clive Worsley (Director of Artistic Learning, Shakespeare Theatre, California), Dorian Lockett (13 Reasons Why, The Walking Dead) and Aaron Murphy (To Kill a Mockingbird), and director Eric Hayes, from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, San Francisco recently, as part of the calendar of literary events taking place in WIT this semester.

The team were in Ireland to participate in the International Eugene O’Neill Festival which took place in New Ross in October. They gave an enthralling performance of Eugene O’Neill’s one act play ‘Hughie’ to students of the English and Theatre Studies programme in WIT. The performance was followed by an insightful discussion about theatre and performance.

The director, Eric Hayes, reimagined the play with the stage directions becoming a third character. This fresh take was praised by Dr Christa de Brún, English lecturer, WIT as the play, normally seen as an extended monologue, has some of the most elaborate stage directions in the O’Neill canon and ‘this adaptation demonstrates how sharp direction can accommodate originality, even within O’Neill’s exhaustive vision’.

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