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"The American Evolution:
Civil War"

 Jeff Awards Recommended

Mourning Becomes Electra

By Eugene O'Neill, Adapted by Gordon Edelstein

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Featuring Artistic Associates Annabel Armour, David Darlow, and Nick Sandys with Kelsey Brennan

This trilogy runs 3 hours 30 minutes with two intermissions.

Presented September 21 - October 30, 2011 

Staged for just 130 seats, this fast moving revision lands you at the EPICENTER of O'Neill's raw power.

We plunge into the season with O’Neill’s classic American tragedy based on the Oresteia. Desperate to free herself from her marriage and the clutches of the Mannon family curse, Christine takes a lover and murders her husband. Deeply wounded by her mother’s betrayal, young Lavinia crusades to reveal the truth and reclaim the family honor. She discovers her strength in beauty and revenge, striving for the unlikely place at the head of her family.

This shortened, action-packed revision of O’Neill’s epic, set at the end of the Civil War, hurtles us through the Mannons’ cycle of murder, vengeance, and reinvention.


"Douglas presides over a crisp, crystal-clear and quite compelling production that is honest, insightful and exceedingly well-spoken. certainly get gravitas." 
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


"A BRACING REVIVAL!. Brennan and Armour share some electrifying scenes, both actors impressively navigating the whirlwind emotional journeys of O’Neill’s women. 4 STARS"
- Time Out Chicago


"The end result more than lives up to the drama's passionate promise."
-Windy City Times

"Mourning Becomes Electra is a warhorse and a powerhouse. ...the emotions were so raw, so real. The play is an epic, and it deserves an audience." 
- Will Fink, Chicago Critic

"This gutsy debut by incoming artistic director Timothy Douglas is fast-paced and compelling throughout." RECOMMENDED
- Zach Freeman, New City


"This family intrigued me right into the finale."
- Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

"A dignified, full-throated piece of work that reveals Douglas' craft and his impressive skills at humanistic storytelling." 3 Stars
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune 


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The 2011/2012 Season is generously underwritten by:

Mourning Becomes Electra is underwritten, in part, by:
KAREN RANDOLPH AND BILL LINDEN, Associate Production Sponsors
JUDY JOHANSON, Costume Design Sponsor
SCOTTIE PERRY AND MATT MacNELLY, Assistant Production Sponsors


Annabel Armour headshot
Annabel Armour
as Christine Mannon
David Darlow headshot
David Darlow
as Ezra Mannon
Nick Sandys headshot
Nick Sandys
as Cpt. Adam Brant
Scott Stangland headshot
Scott Stangland
as Orin Mannon
Kelsey Brennan headshot
Kelsey Brennan
as Lavinia Mannon
Stephanie Chavara headshot
Stephanie Chavara
as Hazel Niles
Luke Daigle headshot
Luke Daigle
as Peter Niles
Veronda G. Carey headshot
Veronda G. Carey
as Seth Beckwith