Ah, Wilderness!


Ah, Wilderness!
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Steve Scott
June 17- July 23, 2017 in the Albert

Steve Scott takes on the legendary playwright’s sweeping, heart-felt salute to youthful indiscretion and small town life. For the shy and scholarly Richard Miller, fireworks aren’t the only flames burning on Fourth of July—this 16 year-old has started going steady with his beautiful neighbor Muriel. Her father, however, disapproves of their relationship and forbids the couple from seeing each other. Spurred by this obstacle, Richard embarks on an evening of hilarious and unexpected rebellion. Ah, Wilderness! delightfully captures the rush of excitement, torment, emotional confusion and bliss that accompanies first love and growing up. 

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Ah, Wilderness!

  • Ah, Wilderness!, Playwright
    Ah, Wilderness!, Playwright

    EUGENE O’NEILL (1888-1953) is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. His accolades include four Pulitzer Prizes in Drama—more than any other playwright to date—and the Nobel Prize in Literature. He received his first production in 1916 when the Provincetown Players performed Bound East for Cardiff in Provincetown, Massachusetts. O’Neill’s work was widely produced both in Provincetown and New York during the next several years, and the playwright was awarded his first Pulitzer, for Beyond the Horizon, just four years after his first Provincetown production. O’Neill’s reputation rose steadily throughout the 1920s; he received a second Pulitzer in 1922 for Anna Christie and a third in 1928 for Strange Interlude. During this same period,The Emperor JonesThe Hairy Ape and Desire Under the Elms brought O’Neill further popular and critical acclaim. He labored throughout the 1930s on an 11-play cycle called A Tale of Possessors Self-Dispossessed, which he never completed. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936 and in the early 1940s wrote three of his best works: Long Day’s Journey Into NightThe Iceman Cometh and A Moon for the Misbegotten. O’Neill considered Long Day’s Journey Into Night so personal that he left instructions for the play to be withheld for 25 years after his death. In the early 1950s, O’Neill and his wife moved to Boston, taking up residence at the Shelton Hotel, where he died in 1953. As the executor of O’Neill’s estate, his wife gave permission for publication and production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The play premiered in 1956 and won O’Neill his fourth Pulitzer in 1957, four years after his death.

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    Ah, Wilderness!, Director

    Steve Scott is the Producer of Goodman Theatre, where he has overseen more than 200 productions; he is also a member of Goodman’s Artistic Collective.  His Goodman directing credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Horton Foote’s Blind Date; Rabbit Hole; Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock and No One Will Be Immune for the David Mamet Festival; Dinner With Friends; Wit; the world premiere of Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-directed with Michael Maggio); and the 2011 and 2012 editions of A Christmas Carol.  Other directing credits include productions at Timeline Theatre, Silk Road Rising, American Blues Theatre,  A Red Orchid Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Eclipse Theatre (where he is an ensemble member) and others.  He is a member of the Jeff Committee’s Artist and Technical Team, a board member of Season of Concern, artistic advisor for Silk Road Rising and an associate artist with Chicago Dramatists and Collaboraction theater companies.  He was one of six resident directors for WBEZ’s series “Stories on Stage,” and has contributed articles to a variety of publications, including the Encyclopedia of Chicago. Scott is the recipient of six Jeff nominations, an After Dark Award, the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor and Eclipse Theatre Company’s Corona Award.  As an actor, he most recently appeared in The Next Theatre’s production of Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…?  (Jeff Award for Outstanding Ensemble).  

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