Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

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Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere production of the new musical TRANSPORT. With a book by world-renowned Australian author Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List, the acclaimed book on which the Oscar-winning film is based) and music and lyrics by Larry Kirwan (founder of the iconic New York City band Black 47), TRANSPORT follows the uneasy ocean voyage of Irish women who were sentenced and then exiled to the relatively uninhabited south coast of Australia in the mid-19th Century. TRANSPORT has direction and set design by three-time Tony Award-winning director and designer Tony Walton, and choreography by Barry McNabb(Irish Rep's FINIAN'S RAINBOW, STREETS OF NEW YORK). TRANSPORT will be performed February 7ththrough April 6th, 2014 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). The Press Opening is scheduled forFebruary 16th.

The cast met the press yesterday and you can check out full photo coverage from the festivities below!

Sprung from the pen of world-renowned author Thomas Keneally, TRANSPORT derives from the true story recalled by the grandmother of his wife, Judy, who journeyed in chains from Cork to Sydney, Australia in 1846. TRANSPORT tells the story of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so- called "undesirables") who were deported on The Whisper, a prison ship, to the Australian penal colonies. TRANSPORT's characters include members of the ship's crew, an exiled Irish priest, and four of the unfortunate female prisoners. With both an authentic score -- with echoes of traditional Irish and Australian tunes -- and a contemporary resonance, TRANSPORT transcends time, place and character with a hauntingly moving immediacy intertwined with the indomitable Irish spirit and a shared and abiding humanity.

TRANSPORT will be performed February 7th through April 6th, 2014 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre. The performance schedule is: Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets for TRANSPORT, priced $55 -$65, are available by calling the Irish Rep box office at 212-727-2737 or by visiting www.irishrep.org.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
'Transport'

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

Jessica Grové and Edward Watts

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

Jessica Grové

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

Jessica Grové

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

Jessica Grové

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Edward Watts

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Edward Watts

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Edward Watts

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press

Jessica Grové and Edward Watts

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Patrick Cummings

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Patrick Cummings

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Sean Gormley

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Sean Gormley

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Pearl Rhein

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Pearl Rhein

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Pearl Rhein

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Sean Gormley & Pearl Rhein

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Mark Coffin

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Mark Coffin

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Mark Coffin

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
PatRick Cummings & Mark Coffin

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Emily Skeggs

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Emily Skeggs

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Emily Skeggs

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Terry Donnelly

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Terry Donnelly

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Terry Donnelly

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Thomas Keneally

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Thomas Keneally

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Tony Walton

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Tony Walton

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Tony Walton, Thomas Keneally and Larry Kirwan

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Tony Walton, Thomas Keneally and Larry Kirwan

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Ciaran O'Reilly & Charlotte Moore

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
The Creative Team

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Mark Coffin, Terry Donnelly, Sean Gormley, Emily Skeggs, Edward Watts, Terry Donnelly, PatRick Cummings & Jessica Grové

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
Mark Coffin, Terry Donnelly, Sean Gormley, Emily Skeggs, Edward Watts, Terry Donnelly, PatRick Cummings & Jessica Grové

Photo Coverage: Irish Rep's TRANSPORT Company Meets the Press
The Company

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.