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Desire Under The Elms

Buy ticketsBy Eugene O’Neill

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved seating)
October 10 - 26, 2014
Brian Yandle as Eben and Heather Strickland as Abbie. Photo by Curtis Brown Photography.

Director: David Henderson

The opening night of Desire Under The Elms is sponsored by Crescent Cameron Village

Crescent Cameron Village

Here's what the reviewers say about the show:

“Heather J Strickland makes a fine seductress as Abbie and the sexual tension between Abbie and Eben is apparent from their first scene..” “... fans of the classics should enjoy this tribute to an American master, lest he forever be replaced by Starbucks.” -- Trey Morehouse, CVNC

“...Raleigh Little Theatre’s Desire Under the Elms gets credit just for the chance to experience the piece. That the production succeeds on many levels bestows further credit...” -- Roy Dicks, News & Observer

“In later scenes, Heather J. Strickland and Brian Yandle found the desire, desperation, guilt and compassion in the characters of Abbie, a young woman brought to this loveless place as the bride of flinty patriarch Ephraim, and Eben, Ephraim's youngest son.” -- Byron Woods, Independent Weekly

Drama. A twentieth-century American classic inspired by ancient Greek drama, this fever dream of a family drama is set in rural New England. Father of three, Ephraim Cabot returns to the family farm with his young bride Abbie. His youngest son, Eben, at first loathes the newcomer, but when hatred gives way to lust, the resulting conflict threatens to rock the peaceful farm to its core. 

Desire Under the Elms contains mature themes and may not be suitable for children.

On October 19th, join us for a post-show forum with special guest, Dan Ellison, Attorney at Law and Adjunct Professor at Duke University, who will talk about the historical controversy surrounding the play. Director David Henderson and cast members will join the conversation to talk about their own perspectives on the value of producing this play.  

Part of visitRaleigh's 31 Days of Art festival -- a month filled with artful reasons to visit Greater Raleigh!

Ticket information

Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111.

We're part of Greater Raleigh's 31 Days of ArtTickets for Desire Under The Elms are also available now in a Sutton Series Membership. Ticket prices are discounted when you purchase a membership! Discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Please contact the box office for more information.

Ticket prices (including taxes):

Adults: $22
Seniors/Students: $18
First Sunday: $13 for all

Note: Students are up to and including college. Seniors are age 62 and up.

Costume Sale Bonus: Buy something at the RLT Costume Sale on 10/18 and get $5 off a ticket.

Shows are October 10 - 26, 2014.
Location: Cantey V. Sutton Theatre

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* Join us after the opening night performance for a wine and cheese reception in the lobby where you can meet the cast. All opening night ticket holders are welcome.

Show posterCast

  • Eben: Brian Yandle
  • Cabot: Mark Phialas
  • Abbie: Heather Strickland
  • Simeon: Gus Allen
  • Peter: Aaron Young

For more information, please contact the RLT Box Office on 919-821-3111.

wheelchair accesssibleAll performances are wheelchair accessible.

Assistive listening Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

audio descriptionAudio description for those with visual disabilities. The Sunday, October 19, 3:00pm performance will be described.


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