Ed Malone Directs THE BALLAD OF CHARLIE AND CATE Reading at Irish Rep Tonight


Tonight, June 24th at 1:00pm acclaimed Irish Playwright, Ed Malone, will direct a Special Industry (by invitation only) Pre-Broadway Reading of his new revolutionary play THE BALLAD of CHARLIE and CATE.

The reading will take place at The Irish Repertory Theatre, a grand theatrical institution currently celebrating its 25th Year Anniversary, located at 132 West 22nd Street - between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Starring esteemed Irish actresses, Joe Kinsella and Laoisa Sexton, this is the groundbreaking comedy's first public outing.

THE BALLAD of CHARLIE and CATE is a darkly comic play that traces the rise and fall and rise again of two working class sisters, Cate and Charlie Maloney, who were born and currently reside in Tallaght, a sexy, sassy, but ultimately shambolic suburb of Dublin in the romantic Republic of old Ireland. The play takes place between 1974 and 2013.

Jo Kinsella and Laoisa Sexton portray 26 characters in approximately 60 minutes at a rapid fire speed that choreographs the play's language in an exhilarating verbal ballet that includes, in it corps de ballet, everything from love, death, sex, rock 'n' roll, ghosts, Gabriel Byrne, The Beatles, Abba, The Pogues, Simon Cowell, an unwanted son, a runaway Dad, a suicidal Mam, a predatory teacher, a sadistic landlord and the River Liffey.

A large stream of flowing water that carries dreams, hopes and bodies with it on its way through Dublin to the Irish Sea where it deposits the expectations, desires, ambitions and relatives of the oppressed, downtrodden and unemployed.

Mr. Simon Cowell describes Cate, also known as Cate The Great, as a whimpering working class sentimental little Irish girl who wins the hearts and minds of millions of viewers throughout the British isles and throughout the world with her sad gaunt porcelain face and tragically earnest vocal delivery.

The author, Mr. Ed Malone, describes Charlie Maloney as a two-fisted tough who murdered fourteen-year-old Cate's heartless seducer by mistake. She's also a bit overweight, a persistent annoyance that is remedied in prison. The Maloney sisters owe back taxes, the mortgage and the grocer. They are waiting for Maggie Thatcher to die. Until that time, they remain a boil on Dublin's backside.

ABOUT ED MALONE (Author/Director): Ed is a playwright, director, actor and clown who was born and raised in Cork City, Ireland. He moved to New York in 2007 after two years of schooling in Paris - first in Ecole Jacque Lecoq and then working with the legendary French Clown Philippe Gaulier at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. His solo play The Three Irish Widows versus the Rest of the World received three sold-out runs in New York City in 2010. "Do yourself a favor, see this play" - said nytheatre.com. Ed's debut play The Self Obsessed Tragedy of Ed Malone toured Ireland and England extensively to great critical acclaim and along with it's sequel The Self Obsessed Tragedy of Ed Malone Chapter Two reveled in a sold-out run at Stage Left Studios in New York City in the spring of 2009. Mr. Malone is a member of the Dramatist's guild of America.

ABOUT Jo Kinsella (Charlie Maloney): Jo Kinsella is a native of Co. Kilkenny,Ireland. She's just back from a UK/Ireland tour of For Love which was performed at The Derry Playhouse,Grand Opera House Belfast,Theatre Royal Waterford,Axis Ballymun Dublin,The Viking Theatre Clontarf & The Town Hall Galway. Irish theatre credits include West Side Story,Theatre Royal Waterford.The Year of the Hiker and Drama at Inish The Moondarraig Players regional tour.New York theatre credits include Val in For Love at The Irish Repertory Theatre two roles in 1st IrishTheatre Festival 2012 Val in For Love and Deirdre in House Strictly Private which she won The 1st Irish Special Achievement Award for Remarkable contributions to 1st Irish Theatre Festival 2012. She played Maggie in the 20th Anniversary Production of Dancing at Lughnasa at The Irish Repertory Theatre, dazzling performances in Hamm & Clov Stage Company's productions of An Aisling Christmas,Of Pubs and Parishes,The Ring and A Touch of the Playwright(both directed by Tony Award-winner the late Theodore Mann),as well as the very first production of Ardnaglass on the Air and again in 1st Irish Festival 2010.She has also been seen as Helen in Living Quarters,Moll in Moll and Maggie in Big Maggie with PJM Production Co., as well as An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein and The Snow Quest with ONEtime Productions at The Antonowsky Center for Performing Arts. On Bloomsday she's read Joyce's Eveline along with Colum McCann & previously with Fionnula Flanagan in NYC. TV: Eugene Pilot ,Comedy Central directed by Jon Watts.Besides her also doing stand-up comedy at various and sundry venues around the globe,her voice can be heard at Action Center to End World Hungerpresented by Tina Fey.

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