Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wesleyan Theater Play!

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents

Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown (1926)

Wednesday, November 16 through Saturday, November 19

Middletown, Conn. - Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents Eugene O’Neill’s The GreatGod Brown (1926) as the fall semester’s department production. Performances will take place fromWednesday, November 16 through Friday, November 18 at 8pm; and on Saturday, November 19 at 2pm and 8pm in the CFA Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. This refreshing new adaptation is directed by Associate Professor Yuriy Kordonskiy and designed by Professor Jack Carr, Adjunct Associate Professor Marcela Oteiza, and Artist in Residence Leslie Weinberg. Mr. Kordonskiy is an internationally-lauded actor and director (please see below for more information).

Tickets for The Great God Brown are $8 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $4 for Wesleyan students. Tickets are available at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center at 45 Wyllys Avenue. For more information, please call the box office at (860) 685-3355 or visit

About The Great God Brown

In this experimental play, Mr. O'Neill explores the elements of expressionistic theater through the use of multiple masks that create a dramatic clash between the public and private personas of the characters. The rivalry between Billy Brown, a successful but mediocre architect, and Dion Anthony, a talented but dissolute artist; their love for the same woman, Margaret; and the conflict between their exterior and interior lives create a tale of loneliness, suffering, a search for identity and an everlasting quest for the meaning of life.

Portrayed with a physical and visual flair that will mesmerize audiences, this contemporary production of The Great God Brown delves into the depths of Mr. O’Neill’s mind through this tragedy of love and reveals raw emotions.

Click here to watch a preview video of The Great God Brown on YouTube:

About Yuriy Kordonskiy

Yuriy Kordonskiy studied acting and directing in Russia, in St. Petersburg State Academy of Theatre Arts. He has taught, performed, and directed internationally since 1989. As a performer and director, he toured in more than 20 countries and conducted workshops in Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Romania. His recent directing credits include his original play Disappearance and House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca (Maly Drama Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia), Uncle Vanya by Chekhov, The Marriage by Gogol and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest, Romania), A Cabal of Hypocrites by Bulgakov, Peer Gynt by Ibsen and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (Wesleyan University), A Diary of a Madman by Gogol (West End Theatre, Gloucester, MA), and Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (Riverside Theater, New York), among others. His productions have won numerous international awards including Golden Light (St.-Petersburg), Best Production (Union of European Theatres, Palermo), Best Production, Best Director, Special Prize of Romanian Ministry of Culture (Bucharest, Romania). He has taught acting and directing at Columbia University, George Washington University, and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

About the Wesleyan University Theater Department

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department explores theater from both a scholarly and practical viewpoint, emphasizing a worldview of performance in a liberal arts context. Sponsored productions reflect the diverse interests of faculty and students, offering direct participation in creative endeavors where process, performance, and understanding are equally stressed. The department has two theater facilities: the Theater in the Center for the Arts, a modern, highly sophisticated 400-seat space, and the Patricelli ’92 Theater, a flexible, recently renovated studio space.

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