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catalpa  | Open: 11/12/08 Close: 11/30/08
CATALPA is directed by Mr. O'Kelly, based on original direction by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh.

Based on a true story of a daring rescue of six Irish prisoners in 1875, CATALPA is a "rip-roaring theatrical adventure" (Washington Post) in the great seafaring epic tradition of Moby Dick. CATALPA tells the true story of sea captain George Anthony who set out in the whaling ship Catalpa to rescue six Irish Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Colony in Australia.

From the whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts to a penal colony in Fremantle, Australia, to the scene of New York's first ever ticker-tape parade, CATALPA is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance and battles at sea. It's an epic adventure story that challenges the nature of heroism.

CATALPA has thrilled audiences and dazzled critics all over the world, premiering in Dublin and touring to Melbourne, London, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Geneva. It finally sails into New York harbor and makes port at the Irish Arts Center for a strictly limited engagement.