Irish Repertory Theatre

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Founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

* to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences,
* to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience,
* and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, we made our permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

Recognized with the 2007 Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. More than 32,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre in the heart of New York’s Off Broadway community. Once here they witness The Irish Repertory Theatre’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.


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A Child's Christmas in Wales  | Open: 12/03/08 Close: 01/04/09
A Night of Magical Christmas Memories.

“One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the dist ant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep,…”

…And so begins Dylan Thomas’s magical memories of his Welsh childhood from his early morning waking to his final sleep, Dylan’s day is interspersed with glorious songs that celebrate the season. Treat yourself and your families to this delightful lush tapestry that evokes a time gone by.

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Beyond The Horizon  | Open: 02/15/12 Close: 03/08/12
BEYOND THE HORIZON is a harrowing, heart-wrenching domestic tragedy, set on a farm in Massachusetts where two brothers, Robert, a dreamer and poet who longs to go to sea and seek the promise that lies beyond the horizon, and Andrew, a more practical man, whose desire extends no farther than the family farm, find themselves in love with their neighbor Ruth.

Just as Robert is about to depart, however, it becomes clear that Ruth loves him and not Andrew. So Robert stays at home to run the farm – a job for which he is entirely unsuited – and Andrew takes his place on the sailing ship to discover lands he never dreamt of. It is a decision with irrevocable and tragic consequences.

The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) continues its 24th Season with BEYOND THE HORIZON – Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about two brothers in love with the same woman – with previews set to begin February 15, prior to its official opening on February 26 on the Irish Repertory's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Ciarán O'Reilly, who returns to O'Neill's work after having directed the Irish Repertory's acclaimed revivals of THE EMPEROR JONES (Joseph A Callaway Award winner for Direction; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Audelco nominations); and THE HAIRY APE (Drama Desk, Drama League, and Callaway nominations), directs.

BEYOND THE HORIZON (1920) was O'Neill's first full-length play and won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes.

The cast of BEYOND THE HORIZON includes Rod Brogan, Patricia Conolly, Lucas Hall, Jonathan Judge-Russo, Aimee Laurence, Joanna Leister, Wrenn Schmidt (Irish Rep's SIVE), David Sitler, and John Thomas Wait.

The production features set design by Hugh Landwehr; co-costume design by Linda Fisher and Jessica Barrios; lighting design by Brian Nason; music and sound design by Ryan Rumery; sound design by M. Florian Stabb; hair and wig design by Robert-Charles Vallance; and props by Deirdre Brennan. April A. Kline is production stage manager; Rebecca C. Monroe is assistant stage manager.

Playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature Eugene O'Neill (October 16, 1888-November 27, 1953) won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes for his first published full-length play, BEYOND THE HORIZON, initially produced in 1920. Among his other plays are THE EMPEROR JONES; ANNA CHRISTIE (Pulitzer Prize, 1922); THE HAIRY APE, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS; STRANGE INTERLUDE (Pulitzer Prize, 1928); MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA; AH, WILDERNESS!; THE ICEMAN COMETH; LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Pulitzer Prize, 1957); A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN; and A TOUCH OF THE POET.

Co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. The mission of the theatre was and remains to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. Ms. Moore and Mr. O'Reilly recently received the 2011 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.

Performances of Eugene O'Neill's BEYOND THE HORIZON run February 15-April 8 at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues): Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; plus 3pm matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $55 and $65, and are available by calling 212-727-2737 or online atwww.irishrep.org.


About the Company: Irish Repertory Theatre

Founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

* to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences,
* to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience,
* and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, we made our permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

Recognized with the 2007 Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. More than 32,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre in the heart of New York’s Off Broadway community. Once here they witness The Irish Repertory Theatre’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.

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Candida  | Open: 02/24/10 Close: 04/18/10
CANDIDA tells the story of Reverend James Morell and how hiscomfortable marriage to Candida is shaken by the arrival of the youngpoet, Marchbanks. Both men adore her, in quite different ways and forquite different reasons, and she is attracted to them for their verydifferent qualities. Marchbanks believes Candida has a choice. Morellis devastated by the idea of losing her. They both forget she is herown woman.

Melissa Errico stars in the title role, while Brian Murray portraysCandida's father, Mr. Burgess. The cast also includes Xanthe Elbrickas the clergyman's secretary Prossy; Josh Grisetti as the Reverend'scurate Lexy; Ciaran O'Reilly as Reverend James Morell; and SamUnderwood as Eugene Marchbanks, the romantic suitor of Candida.

CANDIDA is Bernard Shaw's most beloved and successful early play.Written in 1894, first published and presented in 1898, this play –upon its triumphal launching – immediately caused Shaw's elevationinto the theatrical firmament.

CANDIDA features set and costume design by Tony Walton, lightingdesign by Richard Pilbrow, sound design by Zach Williamson and JanaHoglund, and hair design by Robert Charles Vallance. The stage manageris April Kline. The production is co-produced by Alexis Doyle.

Melissa Errico, seen on Broadway this past December in Irving Berlin'sWHITE CHRISTMAS, co-starred in the Irish Repertory Theatre's revivalsof FINIAN'S RAINBOW, MAJOR BARBARA, and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEINGEARNEST for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination. Her Broadwaycredits include MY FAIR LADY, DRACULA, ANNA KARENINA, HIGH SOCIETY,and AMOUR for which she received a Tony nomination.

Brian Murray most recently appeared at Irish Repertory Theatre inGASLIGHT for which he received a 2008 Lucille Lortel Award nomination.He also co-starred in the company's productions of A LONG DAY'SJOURNEY INTO NIGHT and DA. Mr. Murray received Tony nominations forhis work in THE CRUCIBLE, THE LITTLE FOXES, and ROSENCRANTZ ANDGUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Other Broadway credits include MARY STUART, THERIVALS, UNCLE VANYA, NOISES OFF, SLEUTH, KING LEAR and TWELFTH NIGHT.He received an OBIE Award for his work Off-Broadway in Edward Albee'sTHE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY.

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Give Me Your Hand  | Open: 03/07/12 Close: 04/01/12
In GIVE ME YOUR HAND, Paul Durcan has taken some of the most famous paintings in the world, and interpreted them with his own unique, poetic voice. Two of Ireland's most eminent actors, Dermot Crowley and Dearbhl Molloy, take an imaginative stroll through the National Gallery and re-discover everyone from Van Gogh and Van Eyck, to Rubens and Gainsborough, through the unique prism of the author's imagination.


About the Company: Irish Repertory Theatre

Founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

* to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences,
* to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience,
* and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, we made our permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

Recognized with the 2007 Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. More than 32,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre in the heart of New York’s Off Broadway community. Once here they witness The Irish Repertory Theatre’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.


 

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Juno And The Paycock  | Open: 10/09/13 Close: 12/08/13
The Irish Repertory Theatre returns to its roots with Sean O’Casey’s perfect fusion of realism and poetry, of somber tragedy and extravagant comedy jostling one another in his 1924 Dublin masterpiece, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK. The play unsettles us and whirls us about! In one of the most memorable speeches in modern drama, Juno Boyle leaves us with O’Casey’s legacy: “Take away our hearts of stone and leave us with hearts o’flesh!”

  Juno and the Paycock is Sean O'Casey's  extravagant portrait of the poetically comic and tragic world of a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.  The gestures of life are often broad, and the speech torrential as Jack Boyle and sidekick Joxer Daly's drinking and posturing rise to comic heights!  When the news of an unexpected inheritance arrives, the family sees a flame of hope as the heroic Juno Boyle dreams of taking war-crippled son, Johnny, and his sister, young Mary, out of their squalid surroundings into a better life. However, hopes are dashed and reality returns as a twist of fate brings their dreams crashing down around them.


About the Company: Irish Repertory Theatre

Founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

* to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences,
* to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience,
* and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, we made our permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

Recognized with the 2007 Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. More than 32,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre in the heart of New York’s Off Broadway community. Once here they witness The Irish Repertory Theatre’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.

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Man And Superman  | Open: 04/26/12 Close: 06/20/12
MAN AND SUPERMAN is generally considered to be one of Shaw's comedic masterpieces. The story involves the simple premise of a man, Jack Tanner, determined not to marry his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is equally determined to land him. Ann chases Jack from London, across the channel, into the mountains of Spain, and even to Hell and back (in the famous dream scene of DON JUAN IN HELL). The play has not been given a production in New York in twenty-five years.

The cast of MAN AND SUPERMAN includes Janie Brookshire, Jon Fletcher, Jonathan Hammond, Laurie Kennedy, Max Gordon Moore, Paul O'Brien, Margaret Robinson, Brian Sgambati, Zachary Spicer, and Tony Award-nominee Brian Murray (previously seen at Irish Rep in CANDIDA, GASLIGHT, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and DA).

The production features set design by James Noone; lighting design by Kirk Bookman; costume design by Theresa Squire; sound design by M. Florian Staab; and hair and wig design by Robert-Charles Vallance. Production stage manager is Elis C. Arroyo. Assistant stage manager is Arthur Atkinson.

This production of MAN AND SUPERMAN is also part of GTG's larger vision of this country's first Shaw festival, to be called "Shaw New York," running this spring at various venues in Manhattan (to be announced). The festival, which will be an annual event, includes a Shaw Symposium featuring critics, academics and actors discussing the play; as well as concerts featuring music Shaw had championed as "modern music" while he was a music critic (Brahms, Wagner, Bartok, Dvorak, etc); and a reading of one of GTG's commissioned new plays. For more information, visit www.projectshaw.com


About the Company: Irish Repertory Theatre

Founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

* to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences,
* to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience,
* and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, we made our permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

Recognized with the 2007 Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. More than 32,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre in the heart of New York’s Off Broadway community. Once here they witness The Irish Repertory Theatre’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.

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The Freedom of the City  | Open: 10/03/12 Close: 11/25/12
 Set in Derry, Northern Ireland during the aftermath of a civil rights meeting, THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY revolves around an inquiry into the shooting by British soldiers of three marchers as they emerged from the Guildhall. As the inquiry continues, with testimony from 'expert' witnesses, the play relives the real events that led to its institution.

When the police disrupt the peaceful protest, three unarmed strangers, Lily, a middle-aged mother of 11, and Michael and Skinner, two young men, take refuge from the streets and find themselves inexplicably in the Mayor's Parlor. As the three settle in to the Lord Mayor's opulent office, word spreads about the "occupation" of the Guildhall. The motley trio is transformed into a band of armed and desperate terrorists, a fiction that is taken up by the church, the media, the army, and nationalist balladeers, all of whom use the myth for their own diverse ends.

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The Irish...and How They Got That Way  | Open: 07/14/10 Close: 09/05/10
Off-Broadway's acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre presents a special engagement of Frank McCourt's THE IRISH…AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY, honoring the one-year anniversary of the passing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Angela's Ashes," with previews to begin July 14, prior to its official press opening July 22.

Frank McCourt's THE IRISH…AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY is an irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America that mingles laughter and sentiment in a tapestry of classical songs and stories. The production encapsulates the most tumultuous times of the past century with the vibrant humor and bitter irony that had become the trademark of the author of the critically acclaimed biographies "Angela's Ashes," "'Tis," and "Teacher Man."

Original cast members Ciaran Sheehan ("The Phantom of the Opera") and Terry Donnelly recreate the roles they originated in the 1997 world premiere of THE IRISH…AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY. Joining Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Donnelly in the cast are Kerry Conte, Patrick Shields, Gary Troy, and Kevin B. Winebold.

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