The Open Fist Theatre Company will present Hughie, by Nobel Prize Winning dramatist Eugene O'Neill, at the Open Fist Theatre (6209 Santa Monica Blvd) in Los Angeles.
Hughie is O’Neill’s classic two-character play, set in the lobby of a seedy Times Square Hotel early one morning in the late ‘20s. Its characters are the hotel’s gray withdrawn night clerk, and “Erie” Smith, a penny-ante gambler who has spent most of his last fifteen years at the hotel between periods of drunkenness. His most recent bender was prompted by the death of the title character who was the night clerk’s predecessor. Erie babbles through tales of his life’s imaginary successes, as well as his panicky optimism toward the futile future. The night clerk can only listen to this study in fraudulent glibness which is touching, revealing and a telling measure of what is behind this man’s delusions.
Hughie is directed by Martha Demson, the Open Fist Theatre Company’s Artistic Director. Andrew Schlessinger stars as Erie Smith, and Joe Hulser as the Night Clerk.
Hughie runs November 14 – December 13. All performances are at 8 PM. Tickets are $12.
Wednesdays: Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12
Thursdays: Nov 15, 29, Dec 6, 13
Sundays: Nov 18, 25
Tuesday, Dec 11
For more information, visit www.openfist.org.
Photo Credit: Ehrin Marlow