This gripping autobiographical masterpiece by American Nobel Prize winner Eugene O’Neill describes one day in the life of the toxic Tyrone family. The father is an embittered, alcohol-guzzling actor at the end of his career; the mother a temperamental, unpredictable morphine addict in denial ; the eldest son a failed actor with a beastly, cynical lifestyle and the youngest a highly sensitive poet with a likely terminal lung condition.
In razor-sharp dialogues, each of them tries to get to grips with their disappointments – in themselves and each other. Keeping action to a minimum, O’Neill drops a veritable cluster bomb of words that both wound and heal. It’s a scream for love and connection by people who can’t live with and can’t live without each other. From early morning to the middle of the night, they are entangled in a moving battle with the distorted image the others have of them. It’s a battle they know they cannot win.
In a radical, multi-lingual adaptation and in the bare-bones style that has become typical of Zuidpool, Long Day’s Journey into Night is a masterpiece of language, monumental minimalism and rock-solid acting. Sofie Decleir, Laurent Capelluto, Atta Nasser and Tijmen Govaerts perform respectively in Dutch, French, Levantine Arabic and English. The performance will be surtitled in the same four languages.