“Family desires and dysfunctions are streamlined in the way they are written; we just hit it really fast,” he added. “It’s your face, like everything that’s happening is on our faces now, and we don’t have time to sit around and think about those things; them immediately. ”
Jason Bowen eliminated the Tyrone clan as Jamie: a color-blind actor choice (Bowen and Blankson-Wood are black, Camp and Marvel are white) that O’Hara says was intentional, despite though he didn’t want to put it in the movie’s DNA.
“I would never do this play with all white people; It wasn’t anything that I had to think about,” said O’Hara. “Elizabeth mentioned Ato, being a fan of his, so we just auditioned for Jamie, and Jason killed it. There was no production of the cast’s racial dynamics for any reason other than wanting the best actors we could find.”
Bowen noted that the theme of the story, as written, would override any racial interpretations the cast might have envisioned.
“It’s a play about a family as they adjust to addiction, and it’s something that transcends any racial dimension that we might even attempt to investigate,” Bowen said. “The play is not about that. Robert might come up with some conceptual ideas that he would like to introduce, but it will still bring these relationships to a boil. “
Blankson-Wood, who is reprising his Tony-nominated role in “Slave Play” during rehearsal for “Long Day’s Journey” during the day, says it’s possible to star in a production that isn’t his own. That race counts as “liberation.”
“The fact that I don’t have to shoulder the burden of how I, as a Negro, integrate into this family is just pure acting to me, because it focuses on the truth,” he said. in the imagination of the work. “From an outsider’s point of view, I’m driven to understand race dynamics, but that’s something I’m very excited about for the audience; that is their job”.
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