THE WEIR Continues at Irish Rep Through Sept 15
The Irish Repertory Theatre presents the critically-acclaimed revival of The Weir by Conor McPherson, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. The thrice-extended production, which opened on May 23rd, will continue at the Irish Repertory's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage (132 West 22nd Street) through Sunday, September 15th.
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own . . . Conor McPherson's The Weir is a haunting, evocative evening in the theatre you will never forget.
THE WEIR premiered at London's The Royal Court prior to transferring to the West End in 1997 and Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre in 1999. It won the Lawrence Olivier Award as Best New Play of 1997-98. In a poll conducted by the Royal National Theatre, The Weir was voted one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th Century.
The cast of The Weir features Billy Carter (A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN), Sean Gormley (THE SHAUGHRAUN), John Keating (ARISTOCRATS), Mary McCann (BLUEBIRD at Atlantic Theatre Company, where she is a founding member), and Paul O'Brien (MAN AND SUPERMAN). Ms. McCann and Mr. O'Brien joined the company on July 16th, replacing Tessa Klein and Dan Butler, respectively.
THE WEIR features set design by Charlie Corcoran; lighting design by Michael Gottlieb; costume design by Leon Dobkowski; and sound design by Drew Levy. The Production Stage Manager is Jeff Davolta and the Assistant Stage Manager is Fran Acuña-Almiron.
One of the leading contemporary Irish playwrights, Conor McPherson received Tony nominations for SHINING CITY and THE SEAFARER. His plays also include DUBLIN CAROL, RUM AND VODKA, THE GOOD THIEF, THIS LIME TREE BOWER, PORT AUTHORITY, COME ON OVER, an adaptation of THE BIRDS, and ST. NICHOLAS, presented at Irish Repertory Theatre in 2010. His screenplays include "The Actors" and "The Eclipse," which he also directed, and "I Went Down."
Director Ciarán O'Reilly helmed the company's recent productions of Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY and Eugene O'Neill's BEYOND THE HORIZON and THE EMPEROR JONES (Joseph A Callaway Award winner for Direction; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Audelco nominations). As an actor, he co-starred in Irish Repertory's 2011 revivals of Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA and MOLLY SWEENEY.
Co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. The mission of the theatre was and remains to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. Ms. Moore and Mr. O'Reilly received a 2013 Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award in recognition of Irish Repertory Theatre's twenty-five years of producing outstanding theatre.