Category Archives: Fireflies

Judith Ivey Comes Home

Home, as they say, is wherever you hang your hat. That cliché happens to be true in the case of most actors. For Judith Ivey, returning to Long Wharf Theatre to appear in Fireflies certainly reinforces the old saw. Ivey is a native of Texas. The setting of Fireflies is a fictional small town in Texas…. Continue reading →

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Denis Arndt: ‘An Itinerant Arts Worker’

There are a few individual performances that Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein speaks of with sheer reverence, a respect and deep appreciation for the artistry on display. One of those instances came in 1984, in a production of The Ballad of Soapy Smith by Michael Weller at the Public Theater. Denis Arndt played the title character,… Continue reading →

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McFarland blog

Christopher Michael McFarland is the youngest member of the cast of Fireflies, but one can argue he might have spent the most time of them all in front of New Haven audiences. McFarland, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, is appearing in the role of Eugene in Fireflies. Eugene, the town cop, arrived… Continue reading →

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Judith Ivey Comes Home

Home, as they say, is wherever you hang your hat. That cliché happens to be true in the case of most actors. For Judith Ivey, returning to Long Wharf Theatre to appear in Fireflies certainly reinforces the old saw. Ivey is a native of Texas. The setting of Fireflies is a fictional small town in Texas…. Continue reading →

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Denis Arndt: ‘An Itinerant Arts Worker’

There are a few individual performances that Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein speaks of with sheer reverence, a respect and deep appreciation for the artistry on display. One of those instances came in 1984, in a production of The Ballad of Soapy Smith by Michael Weller at the Public Theater. Denis Arndt played the title character,… Continue reading →

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FIREFLIES’ McFarland Fan of ‘Smart New Haven Audiences’

Christopher Michael McFarland is the youngest member of the cast of Fireflies, but one can argue he might have spent the most time of them all in front of New Haven audiences. McFarland, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, is appearing in the role of Eugene in Fireflies. Eugene, the town cop, arrived… Continue reading →

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Why Fireflies Glow

Suddenly a spark. That’s an apt description of a firefly. It’s also pretty appropriate to describe the romantic theme of the play Fireflies. There is, after all, a reason why these otherwise invisible pinpricks of magic, who appear to us as the light of day changes, became the namesake for this Matthew Barber-composed work. “Fireflies… Continue reading →

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FIREFLIES: Juicy Questions for Conversation and Reflection

“Fireflies” is a play rich with themes. Trust. Judgement. Certainty. Freedom. Dreams. Big ideas that resonate in all of our lives, just as they define the characters on stage. What I’m dying to know is how my friends and family connect with these themes, both in the play and in their own experience. Here are… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: Matthew Barber

Like the protagonist of her novel Eleanor & Abel – which Matthew Barber has adapted here into his new play Fireflies – Annette Sanford was a high school English teacher in a small Texas town. She was always fascinated by short stories, and would write them during her summers off. After 25 years, she left… Continue reading →

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