Gabriel Bryne to Star in Roundabout's A Touch of the Poet

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present Gabriel Byrne as "Cornelius Melody" in a new Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's drama A Touch of the Poet, directed by Doug Hughes at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). A Touch of the Poet will begin previews Friday, November 11th, 2005 and open officially on Thursday, December 8th, 2005. This is a limited engagement through January 29, 2006.

The cast and creative team will be announced shortly.

Gabriel Byrne (Cornelius Melody) began his acting career with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and subsequently joined the Royal Court and the National Theatre in London. He has starred in 35 films including Miller's Crossing, Cool World, Point of No Return, Little Women, Dead Man, The Usual Suspects, Polish Wedding, Smilla's Sense of Snow, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Stigmata and End of Days. Mr. Byrne last appeared on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's Tony® Award-winning Broadway play A Moon for the Misbegotten. He received a Best Actor Tony® nomination for his portrayal of "James Tyrone, Jr."

A Touch of the Poet premiered on Broadway in 1958 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The last production was staged in 1977 also at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Both productions received Tony® nominations for Best Play and Revival.

Set in a shabby tavern outside Boston in 1828, A Touch of the Poet finds an Irish immigrant who fancies himself as a distinguished gentleman despite all evidence to the contrary. Down-on-his-luck, he finds himself in a quandary when his daughter falls for the son of a wealthy American and he insists on maintaining his European gentility.

Roundabout Theatre Company's last association with Eugene O'Neill, was the 1992/1993 production of Anna Christie starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson. The production received four Tony® nominations.

Biographies:
Gabriel Byrne (Cornelius Melody) began his acting career with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and subsequently joined the Royal Court and the National Theatre in London. He has starred in 35 films including Miller's Crossing, Cool World, Point of No Return, Little Women, Dead Man, The Usual Suspects, Polish Wedding, Smilla's Sense of Snow, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Stigmata and End of Days. Mr. Byrne last appeared on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's Tony® Award-winning Broadway play A Moon for the Misbegotten. He received a Best Actor Tony® nomination for his portrayal of "James Tyrone, Jr."

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