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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to Present Special Performances of O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten

(Photo of Halcyone Hurst and Stephen Mailer courtesy of PMPM)

(Provincetown, MA)  – September 28, 2017 – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will host special performances of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten on October 16th and 17th. The performances will feature actors with strong Provincetown connections: Stephen Mailer as James Tyrone, Jr. and Halcyone Hurst as Josie Hogan. They will be joined by actor Sidney Williams as Phil Hogan. Rounding out the cast are local actor Mark Meehan and playwright, actor and filmmaker Ree Merrill of Los Angeles.

The performances are being produced by Three Floors Productions, founded by Hurst and are being staged as a benefit for the PMPM.  Hurst obtained special rights to produce the performances from Actors’ Equity. There are various levels of sponsorships from $125 to $500 that include reserved seating, recognition on the program and social media and a champagne toast. Non-sponsors are requested to make a $25 donation to PMPM for their non-reserved seats. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7 p.m.

Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Days Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Mike Hogan, a salty Irish geezer, and encounters after years, his voluptuous, amazon-like daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wash of self-pity and remorse. When the dawn comes, the moon is gone and so is the man, leaving Josie with a new challenge to her dauntless spirit.

“What better way to celebrate Eugene O’Neill’s birthday than to see one of his most famous plays, A Moon for the Misbegotten, at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum?” said Hurst. “The history of Provincetown’s arts and theater scene, with the strong impact of O’Neill, is showcased at the Museum and the live performances will complement the already superb exhibition – The Great Provincetown Summer – 1916.”

After the October 16th performance, which coincides with the anniversary of Eugene O’Neill’s birthday, Sam Tager, curator of the PMPM Exhibition The Great Provincetown Summer 1916, will lead a Q and A session about the play. There will also be a birthday cake served to theatergoers in celebration of the great playwright’s birthday in 1888.

“We are truly grateful for the actors’ time and passion to put on these special theater performances of A Moon for the Misbegotten to highlight O’Neill’s strong impact on Provincetown,” said Dr. K. David Weidner, PMPM Executive Director. “American theater was born in Provincetown and the PMPM is the perfect place to bring O’Neill’s play back to the community.”

Halcyone Hurst is living back home in Provincetown for the first time since graduating from

Provincetown High School in 1998. For 13 years, Halcyone worked in the theatre as an actor, director

and producer.  She worked in London on the stage and is a member of The Groundlings School in Los Angeles.  In 2011, she founded Three Floors Productions.

Stephen Mailer is a stage and screen actor whose credits include appearances in films Cry-Baby and Baby Mama, and the television shows Gilmore Girls, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and A League of Their Own. Mailer also starred as Lucas on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor and in the film Rabbit Hole. He grew up in Provincetown.

Sidney Williams is a member of The LABrynth Theatre Company and the Actors Studio in NYC. He performed in Michael Puzzo’s The Dirty Talk and Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. His television credits include The Sopranos, Louie and Law and Order.

For more information about tickets and sponsorships please contact John DeSouza at the PMPM at 508-487-1310.

About Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 

Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and partners with Provincetown 400 and Plymouth 400 for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown.  Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.

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