Druid bringing O’Casey to US in wake of sellout Galway run


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Druid bringing O’Casey to US in wake of sellout Galway run Druid bringing O’Casey to US in wake of sellout Galway run

Druid’s new play cycle of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin trilogy (The Plough and the Stars, The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock), which are being staged in Galway for this year’s Arts Festival, will tour to New York and Michigan later this year.

The world premiere of DruidO’Casey will take place next month in the city’s Town Hall Theatre and after touring to Belfast and Dublin, it will go further afield, playing NYU Skirball in New York City (in partnership with the acclaimed Public Theater) and the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

DruidO’Casey has already broken box office records locally with the Galway run being sold out (waiting lists are available via the Town Hall Theatre) ,while several of the Dublin performances are also sold out.

Druid has a long history of touring in the USA, playing in cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Miami, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Charleston and New Haven.  The company has won critical acclaim and numerous awards Stateside, including four Tony Awards for its 1998 Broadway run of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

A cast of 18 actors will perform over 40 roles in O’Casey’s three plays which span those turbulent times in Dublin from 1916 to the Civil War. Four members of the Druid Ensemble – Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea – will be joined by Gabriel Adewusi, Tara Cush, Zara Devlin, Caitríona Ennis, Hilda Fay, Tommy Harris, Anna Healy, Liam Heslin, Bosco Hogan, Sean Kearns, Sophie Lenglinger, Sarah Morris, Robbie O’Connor and Catherine Walsh.

The O’Casey cycle is being presented as part of Galway International Arts Festival from July 9-30, with a waiting list for tickets.

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