CANDIDA

Genre: Classical, Drama
By George Bernard Shaw, Directed and Designed by Tony Walton, Starring Melissa Errico and Brian Murray

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.


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.

Preview:   02/24/10
Open:   03/07/10
Close:   04/18/10

Schedule:
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; plus 3pm matinees on Wednesdays,
Saturdays and Sundays.
Theater:   Irish Repertory
Address:   132 West 22nd St
New York, NY
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Cost:$65 - 55
Buy Tickets Online or Call: www.irishrep.org at 212-727-2737
Company: Irish Repertory Theatre         Official Web Site: www.irishrep.org