by Eugene O'Neill
Ephraim Cabot has built his farm in New England up out of nothing, through hard work and the sweat of his brow and he keeps his three sons in line with Puritan discipline. However, instead of handing on the fruits of their collective toil to the next generation, he introduces the young Abbie to them as his bride, thereby unleashing a tragedy of ancient dimensions. While the elder brothers entirely abandon any hope of inheriting from their father and follow the call of gold to California, a fateful triangle develops between his youngest son Eben, his father and his step-mother – and Abbie too raises a claim to the farm that Eben is willing to defend by any means. The sexual energy that erupts between the couple who are the same age turns the son into the bitter rival of a father who refuses to surrender power even beyond his death. In the end, desire and violence enter an explosive symbiosis.
«Happiness is lying right at your feet, all you need to do is pick it up.»
In «Desire Under The Elms», first performed in 1924 in New York, Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill examines how repressed desires and lack of empathy lead to coarseness and individualism. The Russian-born director Evgeny Titov makes his debut before Munich audiences with this production.