STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Irish Rep's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre launches its 26th season with a revival of Sean O'Casey's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, directed by Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore. With a cast that features, among others, J. Smith-Cameron as Juno Boyle, Ciarán O'Reilly as "Captain" Jack Boyle, and John Keating as Joxer Daly, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK opens on Sunday, October 20th on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). Click below for a look behind the scenes!
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK is Sean O'Casey's extravagant portrait of the poetically comic and tragic world of Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War. The gestures of life are often broad, and the speech torrential, as Jack Boyle and sidekick Joxer Daly's drinking and posturing rise to comic heights. When the news of an unexpected inheritance arrives, the Boyle family sees a flame of hope as the heroic Juno dreams of taking war-crippled son, Johnny, and his sister, young Mary, out of their squalid surroundings into a better life. However, hopes are dashed and reality returns as a twist of fate brings their dreams crashing down around them.
One of the great plays of the twentieth century, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK was first staged at the Abby Theater in Dublin in 1924, the second of Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy -- the other two being THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN (1923) and THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS (1926). In 1930, Alfred Hitchcock directed the English film adaptation of the play known in America as "The Shame of Mary Boyle." The play has been adapted for television three times--1938, 1920, and 1980. JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK was last seen on Broadway in 1988.
The cast of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK features J. Smith-Cameron as Juno Boyle, Ciarán O'Reilly as "Captain"Jack Boyle, Ed Malone as Johnny Boyle, Mary Mallen as Mary Boyle, John Keating as Joxer Daly, as well as Ciarán Byrne, Terry Donnelly, Laurence Lowry, Kern McFadden, David O'Hara, James Russell, and Fiana Toibin.
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK has set design by James Noone, costume design by David Toser, lighting design byBrian Nason, and sound design by M. Florian Staab. The Production Stage Manager is Pamela Brusoski and the Assistant Stage Manager is Rebecca C. Monroe.
Director Charlotte Moore's recent staging credits include DONNYBROOK!, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, NEW GIRL IN TOWN, Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA and MOLLY SWEENEY, A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, THE IRISH... AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY, and ERNEST IN LOVE. She has also directed The Irish Repertory Theatre's concert productions of OLIVER, OLIVER!!, CAMELOT and BRIGADOON on Broadway. Ms. Moore was a finalist for the 2011-2012 Joseph A. Callaway Award for excellence in the craft of directing for her work on DANCING AT LUGHNASA.
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK will be performed October 9 - December 8 on on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK performs Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets for JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, priced $55 -$65, are available by calling the Irish Rep box office at 212-727-2737 or by visiting www.irishrep.org.