Additional Performance Added for the New York City Premiere of SWANSONG
L. WOLF PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce an added performance, Thursday, November 8th at 9:00 pm of the New York City premiere of the one-man play SWANSONG, written by Conor McDermottroe and performed by Andre de Vanny. Melbourne Fringe co-founder Greg Carroll directs. The production will now play on Tuesday, November 6th at 9:00 pm and Thursday, November 8th at 9:00 pm at Theatre Row's The Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $47.25 and can be purchased on line at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
Set in the 1960s, SWANSONG tells the story of Austin 'Occi' Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi and his beloved Mammy are outcast and ostracized. After childhood bullying leaves him with mild brain damage Occi struggles to control his increasingly violent impulses as Mammy spirals ever further into alcohol abuse. Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. It's an exhilarating journey that plunges him in to murder and mayhem, love and death, only to return him to the place he began. Tragic, tender and uproariously funny, SWANSONG is the story of a lost soul in search of a home.
McDermottroes's play dazzled at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to successful seasons in London and Dublin. It has been performed in Australia for three sell-out seasons, developed into a critically acclaimed feature film, and translated into German and Swedish.
Conor McDermottroe is a London based Irish writer and director working across film, television and theatre. His feature film, "Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne", based on the one-man play, was selected for the Munich, Montreal and Camerimage film festivals and won best drama at the Galway film fleadh and was nominated for six ITFAs in 2011. Other work has been staged in Europe and the US, where he was nominated for best new play at the IRNE awards. He currently has the feature film "Halal Daddy" playing in 44 cinemas in Germany. L.WOLF will be producing his new play "Head" in 2019.
Andre de Vanny (Performer) won Best Male Actor in a main stage play at the 2015 Green Room Awards for his performance as "Ray" in Glory Dazed for Red Stitch Theatre Company in Melbourne. Recent theatre credits include the role of "Ken" playing opposite Colin Friels in the two-hander Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company and "Private David Taylor" in the Australian Tour of War Horsefor The National Theatre of London. He is also an established Film/Television actor best known for his roles in Hercules, Salem's Lot and the hit Australian series Wicked Science
Greg Carroll (Director) has worked with Melbourne Opera for 15 years on many productions, including Rigoletto and Madam Butterfly as director and designer. He is co-founder of the Melbourne Fringe and has worked on theatrical productions for the APG, La Mama, MTC, STC, Theatreworks, Gilgul (with Barrie Kosky), Stork and Red Stitch, as well as many commercial productions in Australia, England and the USA. He most recently directed The Penelopiad by Margaret Attwood, Glory Dazed with Andre de Vanny, and has the Jake Heggie opera To Hell and Back opening at Theatreworks in Melbourne during September. He is designing OTELLO for Bruce Beresford and is in pre-production for a feature film called Keef, a rock fantasy about Keith Richard's living in a Brunswick kitchen for two weeks in 1973.
L. WOLF PRODUCTIONS is a maker of quality theatre, opera and feature film. Swansong is its latest production showcasing the talents of Conor McDermottroe and Andre de Vanny.