|A Touch of the Poet
| Open: 12/02/08 Close: 12/20/08
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") and Ellen Crawford ("ER") set to star in Friendly Fire Production of Eugene O'Neill's classic.
"Travanti is a triumph!â€¦
A schizophrenic explosion that takes your breath away!" - The Boston Globe
"It's a role for an actor to soar in,
and Travanti shows his wingspread from his first entrance." - The Washington Post
In A TOUCH OF THE POET, Mr. Travanti stars as Cornelius (a.k.a. Con) Melody, once a landed gentleman in Ireland, now an innkeeper in America who has fallen upon hard times. He lives in the past, strutting like a peacock in his army officer's uniform from twenty years before, playing the part of the nobleman and treating his wife Nora (Ellen Crawford) and daughter Sara (Tessa Klein) with contempt and derision -- all to puff up his own sense of pride and importance. When the arrival of a mysterious lady and her son threatens to destroy Con's grand illusion, he makes one last attempt to defend his honor, resulting in a drunken brawl and utter humiliation. Finally forced to confront his true self, Con learns to accept who he really is. Or does he?
Joining Mr. Travanti and Ms. Crawford in the cast of A TOUCH OF THE POET are Steven Boyer (Broadway's I'M NOT RAPPAPORT), Richard Crawford (The Civilians' GONE MISSING), Tessa Klein (Irish Rep's PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME), Antoinette La Vecchia (Primary Stages' STRING OF PEARLS), Peter Rogan (Broadway's THE SEAFARER), Timothy Smallwood (Obie Award-winning ECSTASY), Ian Stuart (COPENHAGEN), and Richard B. Watson (Irish Rep's THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE).
Tickets are available through Theatermania or at the door, one hour prior to curtain (cash only at the box office).