Photo Flash: Xanthe Elbrick and Patrick Fitzgerald Star in Irish Rep's SEA MARKS, Opening Tonight

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Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre presents its final production of its 2013-2014 Season, a revival of Gardner McKay's SEA MARKS, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. The romantic two-hander will star Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Xanthe Elbrick (CORAM BOY, Irish Rep's CANDIDA) and Patrick Fitzgerald (Irish Rep's GIBRALTAR). SEA MARKS will be performed now through June 15th on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). The Press Opening is tonight, May 5, 2014 at 7PM. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars onstage below!

SEA MARKS is the story of two people falling in love. Colm is a rough-hewn fisherman, living by the sea, on a remote island off the West of Ireland. Timothea lives in Liverpool where she works in a book publishing house. They meet. Letters follow -- letters full of powerful alluring words like she's never heard before . . . Gardner McKay's play beautifully captures the heartache caused by long-distance love when the call of the heart challenges the call of the wild.

Xanthe Elbrick (Timothea) made her Broadway debut in 2007 in CORAM BOY, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2010, she appeared in the Irish Rep production of CANDIDA, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination. Her other stage credits include BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES, MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION, CABARET, A DOLL'S HOUSE, OKLAHOMA! and THE VAGINA MONOLGUES, as well as the Williamstown Theatre Festival productions of ANYTHING GOES, I HAVE LOVED STRANGERS and THE MIRACLE WORKER. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and The Actors Studio (MFA) in New York City. She graduated with a Masters in Philosophy from Edinburgh University (2000) where she was also Director of the Edinburgh Footlights Theatre Company. Xanthe won the BBC Drama 'Act Up' Award in 2001.

Patrick Fitzgerald (Colm). A playwright and actor, Mr. Fitzgerald made his New York debut in Irish Repertory's first production, and has appeared in numerous shows for the company since, including a production of SEA MARKS in 1989. He was last seen in his play GIBRALTER, a two-character adaptation of James Joyce's ULYSSES. Prior to that, he played the title role in Dion Boucicault's THE SHAUGHRAUN, directed by Charlotte Moore. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for Hal Prince's GRANDCHILD OF KINGS. Other theatre credits include Mike Leigh's ECSTASY (OBIE Award), THE SISTER ROSENWEIG (Lincoln Center and Broadway), MOJO (Atlantic) and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Steppenwolf).

SEA MARKS has set design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by M. Florian Staab, and music by Ryan Rumery. Wig design is by Robert Charles Vallance, and properties by Sven Henry Nelson.

SEA MARKS will be performed April 23rd through June 15th on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). The Press Opening is Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7PM. The performance schedule is: Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets for SEA MARKS, priced $55 -$65, are available by calling the Irish Rep box office at 212-727-2737 or by visiting www.irishrep.org.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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