Monday, 16 May 2016

Mary Morris as Abbie and Walter Huston as Eben Premiere of Desire Under the Elms 1924

Mary Morris as Abbie and Walter Huston as Eben Premiere of Desire Under the Elms 1924




"In 1924 Mary Morris joined the Provincetown Theatre (then under the direction of
Robert Edmond Jones, Eugene O'Neill, and Kenneth Macgowan.) where she played the Dark Lady in August Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata and Gertrude in Anna Cora Mowatt's Fashion. During this same year she was cast to play Abbie Putnam opposite Walter Huston in Desire Under the Elms. In later years she wrote, "I never worked so hard as at rehearsals of Desire Under the Elms. It was eight hours a day going into the psychology of the characters and no play has ever seemed difficult to me since then." O'Neill cast her for the role of Abbie Putnam without having read her for the part. In a letter to Kenneth Macgowan he wrote, "The important thing is her whole attitude and conception and there she's O.K." "

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