Dundee Rep to Bring IN MY FATHER'S WORDS to Brits Off Broadway
59E59 Theaters welcomes Dundee Rep Ensemble to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of IN MY FATHER'S WORDS, written by Justin Young, with Scottish Gaelic text translated by Iain Finlay MacLeod, and directed by Philip Howard. IN MY FATHER'S WORDS begins performances on Thursday, June 4 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 28. Press opening is Wednesday, June 10 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; & Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
In an old wooden house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak. Louis' professional success as a university teacher of classics belies an emotional inarticulacy, which matches his father Don's inability to express himself in words.
Into their lives comes Flora, the caregiver that Louis employs to look after Don. Flora, who is of Scottish heritage, understands the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Scottish Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history spanning the Atlantic. It's with fondness and compassion that Flora understands her failing elderly patient Don, and unravels the untold story of his Scottish heritage.
IN MY FATHER'S WORDS is a "tender, bittersweet and beautifully written" (The Public Reviews) play about identity - national and personal - and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two.
IN MY FATHER'S WORDS contains short Scottish Gaelic passages that will be supertitled.
Dundee Rep is one of the premier arts institutions in northern Scotland. Many great actors have graced their stage including Brian Cox, David Tennant, Iain Glen, Robert Carlyle, Lynn Redgrave and Alan Cumming. The company was invited to produce IN MY FATHER'S WORDS as the anchor production for of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, a national celebration of Scottish culture.
The cast features Angus Peter Campbell (Scottish BAFTA Best Actor nominee for
Seachd), Garry Collins, and Muireann Kelly (Showtime's Outlander).
The design team includes Fiona Watt (set and costumes), Grant Anderson (lighting), and ISO and Emyly Fireth (video and projections). The original music is composed by Jon Beales. Roz Steen is the dialect coach.
Justin Young (playwright) is a BAFTA nominated writer for theater and television. His plays include In My Father's Words (Tron/Dundee Rep/Tour), Moonwalking In Chinatown (Soho Theatre), August (with Nick Powell at NT Studio), Metagama (Soho Theatre Commission). He wrote and directed Fierce - An Urban Myth Music by Philip Pinsky and The Houghmagandie Pack for Grid Iron. For television, he's written for Chris Mouse (BBC Wales/ BBC Natural History Unit) and Nighthawks (Company Pictures). His commission scripts include the original series' Amateur Hour (Red Planet/BBC Wales), The Thief Taker (BBC Wales), and A Pinch Of Salt (ITV Studios). He was head writer/series producer for Holby City, of which Series 14 and 16 were both BAFTA nominated. Other television writing credits include Casualty, Eastenders and Doctors.
Philip Howard (director) trained at the Royal Court Theatre, London, under Max Stafford-Clark on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, 1988-1990. He was Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 1993-1996, before becoming the Traverse's longest-serving Artistic Director between 1996-2008. He joined the Rep as Chief Executive and joint Artistic Director in 2013. Productions for Dundee Rep: Victoria and Promises Promises,