THE SHAPE OF METAL

Genre: Drama
Brian Murray directs Roberta Maxwell in the US premiere of Thomas Kilroy’s Play

On the eve of the opening of a permanent exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned sculptor Nell Jeffrey and her daughter Judith struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of Grace, Judith's elder sister, who walked out of her mother's studio thirty years before. The mystery of Grace's disappearance lies at the heart of the play, and haunts both Judith's life and Nell's work until finally, through a cruel twist of fate, mother and daughter are forced to confront the events of the past, and exorcise its unquiet ghosts.
Open:   09/08/07
Close:   09/30/07

Schedule:
The performance schedule is
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:15 PM and Sunday at 3:15 PM.
Theater:   59E59 Theaters
Address:   59 East 59th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$21.00
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Roberta Maxwell Nell Jeffrey
Ms. Maxwell's long list of theater credits her Broadway debut in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1968, as well as the original Broadway production of Equus, starring Anthony Hopkins, in the role of Jill in Equus. Ms. Maxwell has received two Obie Awards (one shared with Brian Murray, for Ashes) as well as a Drama Desk Award, and has appeared in numerous film and television roles. Joining Ms. Maxwell are Julia Gibson, whose numerous New York credits including Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights at Manhattan Theater Club and Theresa Rebeck's The View of the Dome at NY Theater Workshop; and Molly Ward, a recent graduate from the American Repertory Theater in Boston who was featured in Paradise Hotel at the Ontological.
 
Brian Murray Director
Brian Murray (director) made his stage debut in 1950 as Taplow in The Browning Version in his native South Africa and continued on the South African stage until 1957. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company where his credits included Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Horatio in Hamlet, Cassio in Othello, Edgar in King Lear and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a three-time Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Little Foxes and The Crucible, as well as a recipient of multiple Obie (Ashes and The Play About the Baby) and Drama Desk (Noises Off, Travels with My Aunt and The Little Foxes) Awards. Most recently, he starred in the Irish Rep revival of Gaslight and in Colder Than Here at MCC. He was last seen on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of The Rivals. Also a distinguished director, his Broadway directing credits include Hay Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit and The Circle.
 
Thomas Kilroy Author
Thomas Kilroy (playwright) is one of Ireland's most distinguished playwrights, with 13 stage plays to his credit, most of which have premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, including THE SHAPE OF METAL. In his early career he was play editor at the Abbey. Subsequently, he co-founded (with Brian Friel, Stephen Rea and Tom Paulin) and was Director of the touring theatre company Field Day. His plays include The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche; The O'Neill; Tea and Sex and Shakespeare; Talbot's Box; The Seagull (adapted from Chekhov); Double Cross; The Madame MacAdam Traveling Theatre; and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. He has also adapted Ibsen's Ghosts and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. His 1971 novel, The Big Chapel, was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize, and was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize. His other awards include the Heinemann Award for Literature; The Aib Literary Prize; the American- Irish Foundation Award for Literature; The Rockefeller Foundation Residency; the Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship; and a Prix Nikki Special Commendation. He is a member of The Irish Academy of Letters, The Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdána. In 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Times/ESB Theater Awards.
  NY Credits include: Leni-Collaborative Play/FringeNY 07, 365/Week 37-Temporary Theatre, The World Goes Round-St Bart's Players, Pvt. Wars-Incumbo Theatre, The Garden Party-Oracle/Vaclav Havel Festival, There's Always a Band-Manhattan Rep One Act Festival and Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The Suitcase Chronicles- ATA, Breakfast for Dinner- Oracle/FringeNY 06, Why'd Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe?-the Fresh Fruits Festival, Savage/Love-Michael Chekhov Theater Company, Better Living-T. Schreiber Studio, They're Just Like Us-CollaborationTown (2006 NY Innovative Theater Award Nominee, Outstanding Costume Design), Iphigenia and Other Daughters-Temporary Theatre, and Blues for Mister Charlie-Turtle Shell Productions.† Regional: Tennessee Williams Festival, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theater, Princeton University. MFA - Ohio University. www.meredithneal.net