Dublin Theatre Festival

The Corn Exchange

Desire Under the Elms

by Eugene O'Neill

Venue Main Space at Smock Alley Theatre
Date 2 Oct - 13 Oct 
Duration 2 hrs

Directed by Annie RyanAnnie Ryan
Cast Peter Coonan, Luke Griffin, Janet Moran, Lalor Roddy, Fionn Walton
Music and Sound Design Mel Mercier
Set and Costume Design Maree Kearns
Lighting Design Sinead Wallace

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"Before O'Neill, America had entertainment; after him it had drama" - John Lahr

On a rough, stony farm in 1850s New England, old Ephraim Cabot brings his third wife back to the family home. When his youngest son meets her sparks fly - with devastating consequences.

In this early masterpiece of American drama, Eugene O'Neill draws on both Greek tragedy and his Irish roots to tell a story soaked with greed, repressed desire and the yearning for escape. Together these elements present a deeply disturbing portrait of the American psyche stirred by the rage of the Old Country.

Creators of last year's festival hit Dubliners, the acclaimed Corn Exchange company, under the direction of Annie Ryan, strip a modern classic down to its bare bones. Desire Under the Elms promises a theatrical experience of raw humour, shocking intimacy and incredible power.

Supported by The Irish Times

"Artful, austerely beautiful and appropriately severe" **** - The Irish Times "Fresh and new" ***** - Irish Theatre Magazine "A most powerful Corn Exchange production" - The Independent
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