Anna Christie

Anna Christie needs a cast. Why not you? See details below. And come to the performance live reading of the Eugene O’Neill play April 22 or 23rd at OHA.
Tickets are specially priced at $8.

Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to offer two performances of a staged community reading of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie at the Stonington Opera House Wednesday, April 22 at 7p.m. and Thursday, April 23 at 7p.m. All community members are welcome to participate, and are invited to a round robin open read of the play that will be used to select cast on Saturday, April 11, from 10 am to noon at Opera House Arts’ Ivory Tower building. The reading, directed by actor, director, and OHA Board Member Peter Richards, will include visiting artist Per Janson (Romeo and Juliet, R&J&Z, Antony and Cleopatra, 10 Real Star Acts at Opera House Arts), in addition to featuring Deer Isle’s Morgan Witham in the title role alongside other talented area community members.

Anna Christie is a play I’m sure will resonate here in Stonington,” said Richards, whose family are long-time summer residents. “The sea itself is a protagonist of the play, one as important as the human characters played by actors. The play’s heart and soul is with the sea. It is deeply in touch with the sea’s immense power to shape our lives.”

The Pulitzer Prize winning play by O’Neill (The Iceman ComethLong Day’s Journey Into Night), often called the father of American drama, focuses on the titular character, a woman who reunites with her estranged father and joins his life on the sea in an effort to turn her damaged life around. When she falls in love with a sailor, Anna finds that her past is not so easily buried.

OHA’s “Our Own” Community Playreading Series is in its 15th year and the staged readings have been expanded to five productions, all of which include guest directors and artists. In November, the Opera House showcased Peter Matthiessen’s Men’s Lives and in February a new play, Appropriate, by rising American dramatist Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins. Upcoming titles to be presented include Columbinus, featuring a student-directed and selected cast; and Dylan Thomas’s famed Under Milkwood. Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to participate in the “Our Own” staged playreadings, which require only 15 hours of rehearsal time and no memorization. The series presents an excellent opportunity to read new plays, often with their writers present; and to explore issues, drama, direction, and performance through scripts and alongside visiting artists. If interested in participating in this or any of the future presentations, please email Producing Artistic Director Linda Nelson at

Tickets for this special performance are only $8 and available at the door the nights of the performances. Island Students Free. For more information please go to


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