This part more than any and this play more than any its a real step off into the abyss said the actress Jessica Lange. We realized from the beginning that nobody could hold back. In a new production of Long Days Journey Into Night written by Eugene ONeill in the 1940s Jessica plays the mother a former convent girl now struggling with morphine addiction. The play written with the stipulation (long since disregarded) that it should never be performed is a singeing union of fiction and autobiography recording a single bourbon-soaked day in the Connecticut summer house of an Irish-American clan closely based on ONeills own family. The New York Times photographer Damon Winter took this #portrait of Jessica with the cast from left John Junior Michael Shannon and Gabriel Byrne. In street clothes and under ordinary lighting the Long Days performers may not look like much of a family but onstage they achieve the rhythms of people who have lived close together happily and unhappily.