Straight from the star herself, Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange has dropped the news that she’ll be returning to the stage in a new Broadway mounting of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
“Yes, absolutely,” responded Lange when asked about a Broadway return in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “About 12 years ago now, I did a production of what is probably my favorite play ever of all time, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and I am planning on doing that sometime within the next year and a half back on Broadway.”
Lange starred alongside British actor Charles Dance in a West End production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey in November 2000. She earned an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Mary Tyrone, a drug-addled mother struggling with a morphine addiction. She last tread the Broadway boards as Amanda Wingfield in the 2005 revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and she made her Broadway debut in 1992 as Blanche DuBois in another Williams classic, A Streetcar Named Desire.
“Blanche DuBois and Mary Tyrone probably are my favorite characters that I ever, ever, ever played,” continued Lange. “It’s wonderful when you are able to create this character and then revisit it years later. So that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”
The actress was nominated for six Academy Awards (winning two for Tootsie and Blue Sky), five Emmys (winning two for Grey Gardens and American Horror Story) and 13 Golden Globes (winning five). She’s currently wowing audiences in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed FX series American Horror Story, which premieres its third season in October 2013.
See the current Emmy nominee chat about her stage roles and more below.