Irish Rep Announces Casting For THE O'CASEY CYCLE; Ciaran O'Reilly, Sarah Street, and More
Irish Repertory Theatre is excited to announce casting for The O'Casey Cycle, featuring O'Casey's three most renowned works, The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars, presented in repertory.
The repertory cast for The O'Casey Cycle will feature Una Clancy (Macbeth), Terry Donnelly (Three Small Irish Masterpieces), Rory Duffy (It's A Wonderful Life), Meg Hennessy (The Dead, 1904), John Keating (Rebel in the Soul), Robert Langdon Lloyd (The Home Place), Ed Malone (The Home Place), Michael Mellamphy (The Seafarer), James Russell (Shining City), and Harry Smith (King Charles III).
In addition to the above, Ciarán O'Reilly (Da) will appear in Juno and the Paycock, and Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett (The Lucky Ones) and Sarah Street (Rebel in the Soul) will appear in both Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. Additional casting for The Plough and the Stars will be announced at a later date.
The O'Casey Cycle will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran (On Beckett), costume design by Linda Fisher (Three Small Irish Masterpieces) & David Toser (It's A Wonderful Life), lighting design by Michael Gottlieb (A Child's Christmas in Wales), sound design by Ryan Rumery (The Seafarer) & M. Florian Staab (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever), and properties by Deirdre Brennan (The Dead, 1904). April Ann Kline (It's A Wonderful Life) and Arthur Atkinson (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) will serve as production stage managers.
THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN
Directed by Ciarán O'Reilly (The Seafarer)
Previews Begin January 30, 2019
Opening Night February 12, 2019
It's 1921, and the Irish War of Independence rages on the streets of Dublin as Irish revolutionaries clash with British auxiliary forces. Aspiring poet Donal Davoren tries to avoid the conflict, but when Donal learns of a rumor that he is a gunman on the run, he cannot resist the curiosity it stirs in beautiful young Minnie Powers...and he cannot escape the attention of his other neighbors. As the rumor grows, the war outside moves closer to home with tragic consequences.
The Shadow of a Gunman will feature Una Clancy as Mrs. Henderson, Terry Donnelly as Mrs. Grigson, Rory Duffy as Mr. Maguire, Meg Hennessy as Minnie Powell, John Keating as Adolphus Grigson, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Mr. Gallogher, Ed Malone as Tommy Owens, Michael Mellamphy as Seumas Shields, James Russell as Donal Davoren, and Harry Smith as Mr. Mulligan/Auxiliary.
January 30 - March 3 & March 29 - April 2: Tuesday: 7pm, Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm, Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm & 8pm, Sunday: 3pm.
Additional Performances: Wednesday, April 3 at 3pm; Thursday, April 11 at 7pm; Saturday, April 13 at 3pm; Saturday, May 11 & Saturday, May 25 at 3:30pm; Tuesday, May 14 & Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm; Thursday, May 16 at 7pm; Saturday, May 18 at 3:30pm; Friday, May 24 at 8pm.
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
Directed by Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow)
Previews Begin: March 9, 2019
Opening Night: March 19, 2019
Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, Juno and the Paycock offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.
Juno and the Paycock will feature Una Clancy as Mrs. Tancred, Terry Donnelly as Maisie Madigan, Rory Duffy as Furniture Removal Man/Neighbor/Irregular, Meg Hennessy as Neighbor, John Keating as Joxer Daly, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Needle Nugent, Ed Malone as Johnny Boyle, Michael Mellamphy as Coal Blocks/Vendor/Furniture Removal Man/Neighbor, Ciarán O'Reilly as Capt. Boyle, Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett as Juno Boyle, James Russell as Charles Bentham, Harry Smith as Jerry Devine, and Sarah Street as Mary Boyle.
March 9 - March 28: Tuesday: 7pm, Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm, Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm & 8pm, Sunday: 3pm.
Additional Performances: Tuesday April 2 at 7pm; Wednesday April 3 & 10 at 8pm; Thursday April 4 at 8pm; Saturday April 6 at 3pm; Sunday April 7 & 14 at 3pm; Wednesday April 10 at 3pm; Friday April 12 at 8pm; Wednesday May 15 at 8pm; Wednesday May 22 at 3pm; Thursday May 23 at 7pm
THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
Directed by Charlotte Moore (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever)
Previews Begin: April 20, 2019
Opening Night: April 30, 2019
Pretty young newlywed Nora Clitheroe is the talk of her tenement as she tirelessly works to lift her family out of their impoverished circumstances. She tries to keep her husband Jack from the revolutionary fervor sweeping through Dublin. But Jack becomes a Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army, and when the Easter Rising of 1916 begins, he leaves a pregnant Nora to help lead the fight. The disparate, quarrelsome tenement residents are forced to shelter together as urban warfare makes their home nearly as treacherous as the streets. Passions and ideals rise and converge, but in the end, loss and devastation triumph over the promise of a new Ireland.
The Plough and the Stars will feature Una Clancy as Mrs. Gogan, Terry Donnelly as Woman from Rathmines, Rory Duffy as Ensemble, Meg Hennessy as Mollser, John Keating as Capt. Brennan, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Peter Flynn, Ed Malone as Lieut. Langon, Michael Mellamphy as Fluther Good, Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett as Bessie Burgess, James Russell as The Young Covey, Harry Smith as Bartender/Sgt. Tinley, and Sarah Street as Rosie Redmond. Additional casting for The Plough and the Stars will be announced at a later date.
April 20 - May 10: Tuesday: 7pm, Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm, Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm & 8pm.
Additional Performances: Sunday May 5 at 3pm; Wednesday May 15 at 3pm; Friday May 17 at 8pm; Wednesday May 22 at 8pm
O'Casey Cycle Performance Schedule: Tuesday: 7pm, Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm, Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm & 8pm, Sunday: 3pm.
Exceptions: On Saturdays May 11, 18, and 25 (Dublin Saturdays), performance times will be 11am, 3:30pm, and 8pm. There will be no performances on Sunday May 12 or Sunday May 19.
DUBLIN SATURDAYS: On Saturday May 11, Saturday May 18, and Saturday May 25, all three plays will be performed in one day and will be presented in order of their historical settings. Dublin Saturdays will begin with The Plough and the Stars (1916-The Easter Rising) at 11am, followed by The Shadow of a Gunman (1921-The Irish War of Independence) at 3:30pm, and will conclude with Juno and the Paycock (1922-the Irish Civil War) at 8pm.
Tickets to The O'Casey Cycle start at $45 and are available through Irish Rep's box office at 212-727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.
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