Once Upon a Long Day


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22.02 - with English surtitles.

Based on Eugene O'Neill's „Long Day's Journey into Night”.

One long summer day, the Tyrone family has to confront a difficult truth, hidden for years. As the day turns into night, a family inferno of mutual resentment and accusations grows between father, mother and two adult sons. As in a Greek tragedy, over the course of several hours, the protagonists will face their own past, the lies about themselves and their sense of guilt. Will the truth about themselves set them free? 

“Long Day’s Journey into Night”, an 1941 autobiographical play by American drama classic Eugene O’Neill, is a study of the downfall of a family that is destroyed by addiction and lies. A study so realistic that the author banned its publication during his lifetime out of concern for the memory of the loved ones on whom the characters are modelled. The play was not staged until 1956, three years after his death. It became an immediate event and O’Neill was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for it.

“Once Upon a Long Day”, directed by the renowned Belgian director Luk Perceval, is the director’s adaptation of O’Neill’s drama, interpreted through the prism of contemporary addiction issues. Western societies are no longer only addicted to alcohol and drugs, as in O’Neill’s time, but also to social media, computer games, pornography, work, shopping. The stimulants change, but the mechanism of addiction remains the same. What void do addicts try to fill within themselves? What makes them escape from reality into a world of illusion? Why do they avoid the pain that life brings, and how can they confront this pain?


  • Roman Gancarczyk James Tyrone
  • Paulina Kondrak Cathleen
  • Mikołaj Kubacki Edmund Tyrone
  • Łukasz Stawarczyk Jamie Tyrone
  • Małgorzata Zawadzka Mary Tyrone


  • Luk Perceval Director
  • Luk Perceval Scenario
  • Roman Pawłowski Dramaturgy
  • Philip Bussmann Scenography
  • Katharina Beth Costumes
  • Mark Van Denesse Lighting director
  • Wojciech Blecharz Music
  • Katarzyna Gaweł Production manager
  • Karolina Bikont Script translation
  • Jerzy Basiura Set & costume designer's assistant
  • Maja Wisła-Szopińska Assistant director- translator
  • Jakub Zalasa Assistant director
  • Tadeusz Pyrczak (AST) assistant director for multimedia



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