Irish Rep Extends THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES

Irish Rep Extends THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES

Due to popular demand, Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O'Reilly, Producing Director) announced today a one-week extension for THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES, featuring three of Ireland's most beloved one-act plays: The Pot of Broth by William Butler Yeats & Lady Gregory; The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory; and Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge. Directed by Charlotte Moore (It's A Wonderful Life), THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES began performances on March 2, 2018 at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) on the W. Scott McLucas Studio Stage, opened on March 11, and will now run through April 22, 2018. Tickets are on sale now through Irish Rep's box office at 212-727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.

A simple policeman looks into his heart and turns himself into a wide-eyed folk hero. A hungry trickster makes a hearty meal of a stone and a song. A poignant tale is told of a solitary man washed up by the sea on the faraway coast of Donegal.

A one-act play can achieve a kind of greatness. If that one-act play is written by John Millington Synge, Lady Gregory, or William Butler Yeats, surely it has a head-start in that direction. With their romantic views of the past, and their wondrous sets of laws and techniques, these THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES, lovingly presented, full of politics, wild humor, unique displays of language, and finally, deep tragedy, come as close as can be to Masterworks.

In addition to their artistic merit, these plays are significant to Irish history. In the late 19th century, during the Celtic Twilight (also known as the Irish Literary Revival), Yeats and Lady Gregory turned their attention to Irish theater as a means of increasing national pride and identity through a shared mythology. These short plays, along with many others, were written and performed as part of this initiative. Joined by Synge and Edward Martyn, Yeats and Lady Gregory founded the Irish National Theatre Society, which opened The Abbey Theatre in 1904, solidifying the preservation and presentation of Irish theatre going forward.

The cast of THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES features Colin Lane (Crackskull Row), Terry Donnelly (The Dead, 1904), Clare O'Malley (The Dead, 1904), David O'Hara ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"), Adam Petherbridge(In the Secret Sea), and Jennifer McVey (Philip Goes Forth).

The creative team for THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES includes set designer James Morgan (Finian's Rainbow), costume designer Linda Fisher (Rebel in the Soul), and lighting designer Michael Gottlieb (The Dead, 1904).

The performance schedule for THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES is as follows: Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.

Tickets to THREE SMALL IRISH MASTERPIECES are available for $50. Tickets are on sale now through Irish Rep's box office by calling 212-727-2737, or online at www.irishrep.org.

Starting performances March 30, 2018 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage is THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson. Directed by Ciarán O'Reilly (The Emperor Jones) and starring Matthew Broderick (Shining City), THE SEAFARER will open on April 18 and will run through May 13, 2018.

For more information about Irish Repertory Theatre visit www.irishrep.org.

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