by Eugene O’Neill
directed by Ciarán O’Reilly
starring Obi Abili
March 1 – April 23, 2017
Eugene O’Neill’s groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the Natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones’s mesmerizing journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. With his demons in heavy pursuit, the Emperor is forced to confront not just the mortal sins of his past but also the depravities against his ancestors, — all in search of forgiveness and salvation.
“Inspired. An ember of real magnificence has been uncovered and fanned, gently and artfully, into a blazing flame. I can’t think of another show that burns brighter….As this magical production makes clear, O’Neill, a man of many demons, understood all too well that everyone is his own boogeyman” -The New York Times
“One of O’Neill’s most haunting, visceral works, and this nightmarish staging does it full justice.” -New York Post
“A bold revival that executes O’Neill’s vision to the hilt.”-Time Out