New York Premiere of Brian Friel's THE HOME PLACE to Play Irish Rep
Irish Repertory Theatre announced today that their Fall 2017 Mainstage production will be the New York Premiere of Brian Friel's THE HOME PLACE. Directed by Charlotte Moore (Finian's Rainbow), THE HOME PLACE will begin performances in Fall 2017 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street).
In the long, hot August of 1878, the widowed Christopher Gore, his son David, and their housekeeper Margaret, with whom they are both in love, reside at The Lodge, the Gore family home in Donegal. Christopher's cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory. By measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes, demonstrating their (inferior) place in the natural order. Set in the era of uncertainty at the dawn of The Home Rule movement which would begin to restore self-government to the Irish, Brian Friel's THE HOME PLACE depicts the aftermath of Dr. Gore's "experiment" as deep animosity is ignited among the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.
"THE HOME PLACE belongs at Irish Repertory Theatre," says director Charlotte Moore. "We have a long and loving history with Mr. Friel, and we are very proud to add this evocative, timely play to our repertoire."
Full cast and creative team, as well as ticket information for THE HOME PLACE will be announced at a later date. For more information about Irish Repertory Theatre, visit www.irishrep.org.
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.