| Open: 04/20/05 Close: 04/30/05
A one-woman play performed by the celebrated Joan McCready of the Belfast Lyric Theatre. COOLE LADY is an entrancingly human portrait of larger-than-life Lady Gregory, the Irish playwright, folklorist, and political firebrand whose patronage of Yeats and founding of the Abbey Theatre launched a literary renaissance in Ireland. Lady Gregory's public confrontations, numerous setbacks, and triumphant role in renewing a vanishing culture embody the sacrifice and indefatigable will that underlie all great art. Her story is that of Ireland itself in its struggle to preserve a national identity.www.handcartensemble.org
|The Burial at Thebes
| Open: 09/07/06 Close: 09/23/06
A version of Sophocles' Antigone
In a New York premiere, Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaneyinfuses with new fire this ancient drama of blood loyaltycolliding with the muscle of state authority "In Heaney's version, the drama is a quick, taut, invigorating read that promises to play well on the stage . . . Heaney's vision of the ethical dilemma of ancient Thebes is lucidly rendered." —Jamie James, Los Angeles Times"
|Two Yeats Plays
| Open: 03/30/06 Close: 04/15/06
THE CAT AND THE MOON and THE ONLY JEALOUSY OF EMER, two emotionally gripping tales by the 20th century's master poet about ghosts, desire, and heroic self-sacrifice.