Frank Converse In Conor McPherson's 'The Weir'

By: Feb. 02, 2009
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Frank Converse Stars In "The Weir"

Conor McPherson's
"The Weir"
Opens February 20th
Palm Beach Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its 9th season with Conor McPherson's Olivier Award-winning play "The Weir," opening on Friday, February 20th at 8PM. Special priced preview performances are slated for February 18th & 19th (8PM) and the production will play through April 5th.

"The Weir" is set in a small tavern in rural Ireland, where local men swap spook stories in an attempt to impress a young woman who recently moved into a nearby "haunted" house. The tables are soon turned when she tells a tale of her own and an innocent evening soon becomes a night of personal revelation. Described as beautiful and devious, "The Weir" celebrates old-fashioned story telling.

J. Barry Lewis will direct the production featuring one of my favorite actors, Frank Converse, as well as  Dennis Creaghan, Karl Hanover, Lena Kaminsky and Declan Mooney. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O'Keefe, and lights designed by Joesph P. Oshry.

"Casting our productions is always a challenge and this production brought its own set of unique parameters. With that said-we are thrilled to have secured the immensely talented Frank Converse, Dennis Creaghan, Karl Hanover, Lena Kaminsky and Declan Mooney to Dramaworks," said Producing Artistic Director William Hayes.

"The Weir" premiered in London in 1997. After a successful run in the West End, it opened at The Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim.

Conor McPherson won the Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for "The Weir". Lauded by critics and audiences alike, The London Telegraph named McPherson 'the finest dramatist of his generation.' Nominated for three Tony Awards, the Irish born playwright has found much success with his tales of lost souls and sacred feelings that bind friends. In 1998 he won the Critics Circle Award for The Most Promising Playwright. His other works include The Good Thief, Port Authority, Shining City, and The Seafarer.

Performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM (with select Sunday performances at 7PM & Friday matinees at 3 pm) and regular matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Individual tickets are $42 for evening performances and $40 for matinees. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available.

The theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 322 Banyan Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue, Florida 33401. Parking is offered across the street for a nominal fee, or in the City Garage on the corner of Olive Avenue and Banyan Boulevard ---the first hour is $1.00, but the second hour is free. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM, or visit their website at



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