FAITH HEALER and THE GOOD THIEF Set for Stark Naked Theatre's Third Season, Beg. 1/24

Faith Healer. Photo by Gabriella Nissen.

Following the regional premiere of All Girls, Stark Naked Theatre Company's third season continues with two critically acclaimed Irish plays-Faith Healer and The Good Thief-performed in repertory and directed by the incomparable John Tyson.

This special two-play rotation opens on January 24th with the Houston premiere of Faith Healer, a Tony award-winning play written by legendary Irish playwright Brian Friel. Faith Healer chronicles the life of Irish faith healer Francis Hardy and stars Philip Lehl as Hardy, Kim Tobin as his wife Grace, and John Tyson as manager Teddy.

First produced on Broadway in 1979, Faith Healer received four Tony nominations and one Tony award for the play's 2006 revival starring Ralph Fiennes.

The second play featured in Stark Naked's repertory program is the Houston professional premiere of the one-man play The Good Thief. Written by Olivier award-winning and Tony-nominated playwright Conor McPherson, the play features Santry Rush in an unforgettable story of one man's journey from the criminal underworld into redemption.

Continuing its innovative collaboration with Houston's talented visual arts community, Stark Naked is combining Live Theatre with an equally powerful visual arts experience. To provide audiences with the opportunity to further explore the highly relevant themes of Faith Healer and The Good Thief, Stark Naked Theatre is sponsoring a corresponding art exhibition entitled Obsession and Grace. The exhibit features a range of media and will be curated by award-winning local artist dianne k webb (Stark Naked Theatre's in-house Art Coordinator). Obsession and Grace is available for viewing one hour in advance of each performance show time, with complimentary admission for Faith Healer and The Good Thief ticket holders.

Stark Naked Theatre Company is proud to present acclaimed Irish plays Faith Healer and The Good Thief, performed in repertory at STUDIO 101 from January 23rd - February 15th, 2014.

Directed by Houston favorite John Tyson, and featuring Tyson, Philip Lehl, and Kim Tobin, Faith Healer (written by Brian Friel) previews on January 23rd at 7:30 pm opens on January 24th at 8:00 pm, and runs through February 8th, 2014.

Conor McPherson's The Good Thief, also directed by John Tyson and starring Santry Rush, previews on January 28th at 7:30 pm, opens January 29th at 8:00 pm, and runs through February 15th, 2014. Performances for both productions will be held at Stark Naked's STUDIO 101, located at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, Texas, 77007. Regular show times are as follows: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm and special "Pay What You Can" performances scheduled on February 3rd and February 10th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets (priced at $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors and $10 for students) are available for purchase at or by phone at 832.866.6514. As the plays alternate, please check the website for details on which production is scheduled for a specific day and time. And to receive more information on Stark Naked Theatre Company's season (including its upcoming bare-bones Shakespeare production directed by Philip Lehl) as well as exclusive ticket offers and advance notice of special events, please visit the theatre's website and register your email address.

Cast and Creative Team for Faith Healer and The Good Thief:

John Tyson (Director, Faith Healer & The Good Thief and Teddy in Faith Healer) moved to Houston in 1998 where he was a member of the Alley Theatre Acting Company for fourteen seasons. Roles include: Henry Carr in Travesties, both Dromios in Comedy Of Errors, AEH in Invention Of Love, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, The Librarian in Underneath The Lintel, and Tupolski in The Pillowman. He has also acted at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Berkeley Rep, Playmakers, and StageWest. Tyson adapted and directed his own adaptations of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood.

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