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Byrne to Produce Blowin' of Baile Gall, Sept. 8-Oct. 30

Gabriel Byrne will try on the hat of a Broadway producer with the September production of Ronan Noone's The Blowin' of Baile Gall; the show will run at the Irish Arts Center from September 8th through October 30th.

Daniel Sullivan (Julius Caesar, Proof) will helm the piece, which is set in the title location of Western Ireland.  The show "centers on four workers struggling to build their futures in a changing world. When the general contractor returns from America and hires an African refugee instead of a local, generations of grudges, boiling just below the surface, are unearthed."  Julian Pelenur and Aidan Connolly will co-produce the drama in association with Byrne and the Irish Arts Center.  Richard Chambers is the scenic designer, with Dan Meeker in charge of the lighting, Jen Caprio the costumes and Julie Pittman the sound.

The Blowin' of Baile Gall will star Ato Essandoh (Garden State), as well as Susan McConnell, Ciaran Crawford and Colin Hamell.

Byrne, who has carved out renown as both a stage and film actor, is set to return to Broadway in an upcoming December revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet; he previously appeared on the Great White Way in O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten (for which he received a 2000 Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play).  His film credits include Vanity Fair, Enemy of the State, Polish Wedding, The Usual Suspects, Little Women, A Soldier's Tale and Gothic.

Tickets for The Blowin' of Baile Gall are $45 and can be ordered by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or visiting www.smarttix.com. For more information on the play, visit www.theblowin.com.


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