[caption id="attachment_29974" align="alignleft" width="267"]<img class=" wp-image-29974" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/10\/m.arnaud_001.jpg" alt="" width="267" height="387" \/> (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>Max Arnaud, who will be portraying Jamie Tyrone in GVT\u2019s upcoming production of \u201cLong Day\u2019s Journey Into Night.\u201d[\/caption]\r\n\r\nGreenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, presents Eugene O\u2019Neill\u2019s \u201cLong Day\u2019s Journey Into Night.\u201d This dramatic masterpiece will run Oct. 27 and 28, Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance Oct. 26. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. The production will run approximately three hours.\r\n\r\nTickets are $30 for general admission, $27 for seniors and $20 for children\/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT\u2019s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.\r\n\r\nIn O\u2019Neill\u2019s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical drama, addiction, bitterness and denial take center stage with the Tyrone family. Battling anger, resentment and personal demons, the dysfunctional Tyrones are hiding a dark and explosive private life. \u201cLong Day\u2019s Journey Into Night\u201d is a lion in the cavern of American theatre.\r\n\r\nGVT is proud to welcome back friend, teacher, playwright and actor Max Arnaud. Last seen as Atticus Finch in this season\u2019s production of Harper Lee\u2019s \u201cTo Kill a Mockingbird,\u201d Arnaud first caught the acting bug in 10th grade as the comic lead in Woody Allen\u2019s \u201cDon\u2019t Drink the Water.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter graduating from Tulane University, he went to grad school at WVU and then joined the GVT staff as a tech intern. Now an Equity member, Arnaud has been seen at GVT in \u201cThe Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,\u201d \u201cOliver!,\u201d \u201cMoonlight and Magnolias\u201d and \u201cNoises Off.\u201d His experience here with Artistic Director Cathey Sawyer, filling many different theatre shoes, has greatly influenced his career.\r\n\r\n\u201cGVT has been an artistic haven for me for the past 13 years off and on \u2026 I feel completely comfortable working with Cathey and I have been lucky to work with several other directors as well,\u201d the actor said.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_29975" align="aligncenter" width="1019"]<img class="size-full wp-image-29975" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/10\/TKAM.jpg" alt="" width="1019" height="676" \/> (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>Kelsey Pressnall as Scout and Max Arnaud as Atticus Finch in GVT\u2019s 2017 production of \u201cTo Kill a Mockingbird.\u201d[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHis current project with GVT is as Jamie in the heart-rending drama \u201cLong Day\u2019s Journey Into Night.\u201d Arnaud was in O\u2019Neill\u2019s \u201cThe Iceman Cometh\u201d in New Orleans so he has experience with the brutal honesty that comes with an O\u2019Neill production. He considers this one of the greatest plays ever written, and his character has been played by Kevin Spacey, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and many more.\r\n\r\nThe play, a dream for many actors, challenges both the cast and the audience with its dark themes. Arnaud believes that it is his job, as well as his costars\u2019, to help the audience see themselves in the characters. Such a feat requires different strategies than what an actor would use in a light-hearted comedy or romance.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs with any intense drama, the most important thing is to play moment to moment, and not play the tragedy. As it unravels, we see what is missed, what nearly happened, what could still be salvaged,\u201d Arnaud said. \u201cIt\u2019s about working for a happy ending, trying to change it from having a tragic ending. That\u2019s why we keep watching,\u201d\r\n\r\nThe program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.