Fallen Angel to Present WHEN I WAS A GIRL I USED TO SCREAM AND SHOUT
Fallen Angel Theatre Company (Aedin Moloney, Producing Artistic Director) today announced their next production: the Off-Broadway Premiere of Sharman Macdonald's When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream and Shout, a bittersweet and bitingly funny examination of mother/daughter turmoil. Performances will begin April 14th and continues through May 8th at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre.
Opening Night for this limited Off-Broadway engagement is set for Monday, April 18th (7PM). When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream and Shout was last produced in NYC in 1998. This production marks the first time that it is being produced Off-Broadway and by an Irish/British NYC-based company. Founded in 2003, Fallen Angel Theatre is the first American company committed to presenting outstanding and dynamic new Irish, American and British plays written by and about women, with the goal of interpreting these plays in a fresh, exciting and commercially viable way for New York audiences.
When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream and Shout will feature music direction and original music by renowned musician and composer Paddy Moloney, leader of the internationally acclaimed multi Grammy and Academy Award-winning Irish group, The Chieftains. This will be the first time that Mr. Moloney is collaborating with his daughter Aedin and Fallen Angel Theatre Company.
Embracing her Scottish culture, Sharman Macdonald's When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream and Shout is a bitingly funny, delicately crafted, memory play exploring the parallel growing pains of a mother and daughter. Set in 1983, the play takes a stripped and honest look at the relationship between childless, unmarried Fiona and her crisp, divorced mother Morag, with whom she is sharing a Scottish beach holiday. As the play unfolds we discover it was in the very same resort where at least a decade previously, the young Fiona struggling with an imposed view of religion and sexuality, deliberately got pregnant to prevent Morag's remarriage and her mother's one chance of happiness.
By turns funny and painful, the play is typical of several of Macdonald's later plays, in that it explores ambiguities and tension in domestic life. When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream and Shout gave Macdonald the distinction for some time of being the only female playwright in London's West End apart from Agatha Christie. She owed much to the late Alan Rickman for its original discovery. In 1984, Rickman was a reader for the Bush's New Writing Program, picked it from the unsolicited pile, gave it to the Theatre and said it should be put on immediately. Mr. Rickman later co-wrote with Ms. Macdonald the 1997 film adaptation of her play Winter Guest, which he also directed.
Ms. Macdonald's other plays include two plays commissioned by the National Theatre, 2006's Broken Hallelujah and 1999's After Juliet (which starred Ms. Macdonald's daughter, the actress Keira Knightley), and 1988's When We Were Women, which was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre. Other plays include: All things Nice, Shades and The Girl with the Red Hair. She has written three pieces for radio: Sea Urchins, Gladly My Cross-Eyed Bear and Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden. Her two novels are The Beast and Night Night. She's written one opera libretto called Hey Persephone! Her screenplays include Wild Flowers, The Winter Guest and Edge of Love.
This is director John Keating's 5th production with Fallen Angel Theatre Company. He is also an actor and is currently appearing in Trevor Nunn's production of Pericles for Theatre For a New Audience. Other roles with Theatre for a New Audience included Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, The Broken Heart, Measure for Measure. Other NYC roles included Atlantic Theater (The New York Idea), Mint (John Ferguson and Is Life Worth Living?) and Roundabout (Juno and the Paycock) and 15 productions at The Irish Repertory Theatre. He is a familiar face from multiple film and TV appearances including HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "John Adams. He has also recorded over 120 Audiobook narrations and has received several "Audie" Awards.
Paddy Moloney is the founder and leader of six-time Grammy award winners, The Chieftains. He is known the world over, not only for his innovative and ground breaking work in traditional Irish music but as a pioneering force behind the exploration of Celtic culture and its history throughout the world. Paddy Moloney has been an Irish cultural ambassador for almost 50 years. He formed The Chieftains in 1962. For Paddy, 1975 & 1976 were two pivotal years in his career, which included two sell-out concerts at London's Albert Hall, an Oscar for Barry Lyndon, a first Grammy nomination and a page in Time Magazine. He has performed with such musical giants as Paul McCartney, Art Garfunkel, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, James Galway, Joni Mitchell and Liam Neeson to name but a few. Paddy has composed, produced and performed on numerous film scores including Gangs of New York, Barry Lyndon, Agnes Browne, Tristan and Isolde, Treasure Island, The Water Horse, Far and Away, The Grey Fox, the PBS/Disney mini-series The Long Journey Home, The Ballad of the Irish Horse (for National Geographic) and many more. In total, he has recorded 42 albums (five of them #1 on Billboard World Music), and been awarded 6 Grammys, 18 nominations, an Oscar, a Genie and an Emmy.
In addition to the original music by Paddy Moloney, this production will have scenic design by Luke Cantarella, lighting design by Jessica Kasprisin, costume design by Nikki Delhomme and sound design by Florian Staab.
John Keating and Aedin Moloney have maintained a successful artistic partnership since 1995. They have performed together in various companies on multiple shows. Aedin is an award-winning actor and theatre producer who has worked extensively on the stage, in television and film, and done voice over and audio book works throughout the USA, Ireland and the UK. She most recently had great success with originating the role of George Eliot in the world premiere of A Most Dangerous Woman by Cathy Tempelsman at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Ms. Moloney workshopped and developed this role with Ms Tempelsman and director Richard Maltby. She is the producer of several Off-Broadway hits, including the world premiere of Eva the Chaste by Barbara Hammond, and the successful US premiere of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, which was presented at Irish Rep in 2013.
Performances will be Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM with matinees on Saturday at 2pm and Sundays at 3PM. There is no performance on Tuesday April 19th. All performances are at The Clurman Theatre at Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues).
For more information, visit www.fallenangeltheatre.org