Desire Under the Elms

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January 17 – March 1, 2009 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Sparked by the dark hollows and brilliant imaginings of his subconscious, master playwright Eugene O'Neill conceived Desire Under the Elms as he slept one night, resulting in a work with the powerful emotional pitch of a fever dream. Elder Ephraim Cabot returns to his remote New England farm with his third wifethe young, alluring, headstrong Abbiesetting his three disapproving grown sons on an emotional rollercoaster and bitter fight for their inheritance. When Ephraim's youngest son Eben sets his sights on Abbie, the resulting tempest brings tragic consequences. First produced in 1924, Desire Under the Elms hauntingly mingles love and loathing, and has been praised for its "poetry and terrible beauty" (The New York Times).

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  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot) and Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot)

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot), Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot) and Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Boris McGiver (Peter Cabot) and Daniel Stewart Sherman (Simeon Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Boris McGiver (Peter Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Daniel Stewart Sherman (Simeon Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot) and Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

  • Desire Under the Elms Production Photos
    Pictured in Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are (l to r) Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill is director Robert Falls and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Pablo Schrieber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill are Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam), Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot), and Robert Falls (director).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill is Director Robert Falls.

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Pablo Schrieber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, are Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam) and Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

  • Desire Under the Elms Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in a rehearsal for Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls, is Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

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