Irish Rep to Present the cell's Production of CRACKSKULL ROW

Irish Repertory Theatre will present the cell's (Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director and Kira Simring, Artistic Director) production of CRACKSKULL ROW, by Honor Molloy.

Directed by Kira Simring (Hard Times: An American Musical), CRACKSKULL ROW begins performances on February 3, 2017 at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre and runs through March 19, 2017. Tickets are on sale now through Irish Rep's box office at 212-727-2737 or online at

CRACKSKULL ROW originally premiered at The Main Stage of the Workshop Theater in September 2016 as part of Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, where it won awards for Best Director (Kira Simring) and Best Production.

Rasher Moorigan has a secret that only his mother knows. Tonight - for the first time in over thirty years - mother and son spend May Eve together in a wreck of a house down the backlanes of Dublin. Melding reality and myth, CRACKSKULL ROW is the story of an Irish family's desperate actions and forbidden loves, "exploring rage, dissolution, sexual perversity and family history with a bleak and penetrating acuity." (New York Times)

CRACKSKULL ROW stars original cast members Gina Costigan (Becoming Jane), Terry Donnelly (Dancing at Lughnasa), Colin Lane (A Touch of the Poet), and John Charles McLaughlin (PASSION).

The production features lighting design by Gertjan Houben (Ideation), set design by Daniel Geggatt (Woyzeck: The Human Experiment) and Caitlyn Murphy (Bonesetter), costume design by Sienna Zoë Allen (The Throwback Plays), and sound design by M. Florian Staab (Shining City). Chris Steckel (The Tempest) will serve as Production Stage Manager.

The performance schedule for CRACKSKULL ROW 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 CRACKSKULL ROW are priced at $50.00, are general admission, and are on sale now through Irish Rep's box office by calling 212-727-2737, or online at

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.

Nancy Manocherian's the cell is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the incubation and presentation of new works by emerging artists. Started in 2006 by Founding Artistic Director Nancy Manocherian and Artistic Director Kira Simring, the cell has produced over a dozen critically-acclaimed world premiere productions of new plays and musicals over the past 10 years. the cell also features the jazz @ the cell series and has served as a home base for a large community of resident artists and organizations such as Blackboard Reading Series, Artists Without Walls (AWOW), Irish American Writers and Artists (IAWA), Sybarite5 and Tribeca New Music.


GINA COSTIGAN (Dolly/Wee Dolly). Training: AOS (Dist) Film and Television Performance (NYCDA), BA (Hons) Drama (Queen's University, Belfast). Notable credits include U.S. Theatre: The Seedbed (New Jersey Repertory Company), Emerald Girl (The Paradise Factory), The Kentucky Tragedy (Treehouse Theater), Toys in the Attic (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Daughter of the Waves (Theater for the New City), Richard III (TADA Theater). Film and TV: Caroline in Becoming Jane (Miramax Films), Molly in Veronica Guerin (Jerry Bruckheimer Films), Katie in Gender Bender (One Last Day Productions), Magda in Halal Daddy (Florin Film), and Diane Sutton in "Fair City" (European soap opera). Gina is extremely grateful to be working with the (incredible) cell and on Honor Molloy's stunning play. Massive thanks to my family, friends and all out there for their beautiful support.

Terry Donnelly (Masher Moorigan) has been a member of both the Abbey Theatre (Dublin) and the British National Theatre (London). She recently starred in Juno and the Paycock and Transport, both at Irish Rep; Frank McCourt's The Irish and How They Got That Way in both Boston and New York companies. Regionally she has played several roles in Dancing at Lughnasa and The Streets of New York at the Westport Playhouse. At Irish Rep: The Shaughraun, Sive, Bailegangaire.the Yeats Project. Television: "The Irish and How They Got That Way" (PBS) "Law and Order" (NBC), "The Silver Tassie" (BBC), "The Crezz" (ITV). Terry has performed for some years at Symphony Space in Bloomsday on Broadway.

Colin Lane (Rasher/ Basher). Earlier this year was seen as The Guard in the Irish Rep's The Burial At Thebes, directed by Charlotte Moore. As well as having Broadway, Off B'way and Off Off Broadway credits, Mr. Lane has performed at most major regional theaters from Boston to LA and Minneapolis to Sarasota. He's a Drama Logue award winner for Frank in Molly Sweeney at LA's Mark Taper Forum and a Connecticut Critics' Circle nominee for Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Movies include The Blood Oranges, Lesser Prophets and Broken Harvest. Proud member of AEA for 35 years. BFA Boston University.

John Charles McLaughlin (Young Rash/ ESB Boy) is proud to be a resident artist at his home away from home, the cell. He has performed in their productions of Hard Times: An American Musical, McGoldrick's Thread, Peter/Wendy, and The Biscuit Club. He is also an active member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, most recently in their production of Princess Ida at NYU Skirball Center. Other regional credits include Passion (Arden Theatre Co.), My Fair Lady (Cardinal Stage), and Once Upon a Mattress (Princeton Music Festival). Originally from Hammond, IN, he studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and now a member of AEA.

HONOR MOLLOY (Playwright) was born in Dublin, so her plays often tell an Irish story: and in my heart (International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival); In Pigeon House (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Murphy (HERE, NYC); Madame Killer (Clubbed Thumb, NYC; Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney; Lincoln Center/Royal Court Theatre Audrey Skirball-Kenis Playwright Exchange); Maiden Voyages (New Georges, NYC; Royal Court Theatre - workshop); Rehearsing the Granda (Public Theatre / BACA Downtown). An alumna of New Dramatists, Molloy has received support from the NEA, NYFA (2011, 2002, 1990), and a fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Kira Simring (Director) has been the Artistic Director of Nancy Manocherian's the cell-an incubator for new theatrical works in the heart of New York City-since its inception in 2006. A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work. Her recent directing credits include the premieres of Crackskull Row by Honor Molloy (New York Times Critics' Pick), Hard Times: An American Musical by Larry Kirwan (New York Times Critics' Pick), and The McGowan Trilogy by Seamus Scanlon (New York and UK Premieres). Kira's work has been seen at The New Theatre Row Theatres, The Skirball Center, The Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, The Connecticut Grand Opera, CenterStage in Baltimore and The Kino-Theatre outside of London. Kira has been granted a Shubert Fellowship and is a three-time Origin Theatre 1st Irish Award Winner for Best Director. She received a BA in Anthropology from Smith College and her MFA at The New School for Drama.

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