Irish Rep to Continue New Works Reading Series with CEASEFIRE SOLDIERS

Irish Rep to Continue New Works Reading Series with CEASEFIRE SOLDIERS

Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 11th season of the New Works Reading Series with a staged reading of Jimmy Murphy's play CEASEFIRE SOLDIERS. Directed by Irish Rep Literary Manager Kara Manning, the reading will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3:00pm at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Tickets to the reading are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP through Irish Rep's box office by calling 212-727-2737.

The cast for CEASEFIRE SOLDIERS will include Ciarán Byrne* (Juno and the Paycock, The Freedom of the City); Billy Carter* (Shining City, The Weir); Sean Gormley* (Transport, The Weir); and Geraldine Hughes* (Molly Sweeney, Jerusalem).

After a meticulously planned Irish Republican Army bomb attack goes tragically wrong in London's Soho district, the members of the newly formed Active Service Unit break rank and flee, never to set eyes on each other again-until 25 years later, when a voice from the grave reminds them that as "On The Runs," their war never ended. As the CEASEFIRE SOLDIERS recount the events of that day, they start to wonder if they had an informer in their ranks.

The 2016-17 New Works Reading Series is underwritten in part by members of Irish Rep's Patron's Circle.

Tickets to the reading are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP through Irish Rep's box office by calling 212-727-2737. For more information about Irish Repertory Theatre visit www.irishrep.org.

Jimmy Murphy (Playwright). Jimmy's plays for the Abbey Theatre include Brothers of the Brush, A Picture of Paradise, The Muesli Belt, Of This Brave Time and most recently A Whisper Anywhere Else. Other plays include The Kings Of the Kilburn High Road and The Castlecomer Jukebox (Red Kettle), What's left of the Flag, Perfidia and The Kiss, Theatre Upstairs. In 2007, an Irish language version of The Kings Of the Kilburn High Road, "Kings"' was Ireland's first official entry in the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars. He is an honorary member of the Abbey's Advisory Council, a former Writer in Residence at Maynooth University and in 2004 was elected a member of Aosdána.

IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE, co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. The Irish Rep is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage. Recognized with the Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama," an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," the Irish Rep has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for over twenty-five years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. Nearly 38,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre located in the heart of New York's Off Broadway community. Once here, they witness the Irish Rep's engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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