Abbey Theatre’s Acclaimed Quietly to Play Off-Broadway

News   Abbey Theatre’s Acclaimed Quietly to Play Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre is teaming up with The Public Theater to present the U.S. premiere of the award-winning production.
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Irish Repertory Theatre, in association with The Public Theater, will present the U.S. debut of The Abbey Theatre’s staging of Quietly by Owen McCafferty. The Dublin production won the Fringe First Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Featuring direction by Jimmy Fray, Quietly is set to begin previews July 20 at Irish Rep (132 W. 22nd St.). Original cast members Declan Conlon, Patrick O’Kane and Robert Zawadzki make the move Off-Broadway.

Set in Belfast in 1999, Quietly looks at the existing chasm between the Republican and Unionist sides following the Easter Peace Accord. “Tonight, in a small back-street bar, Jimmy and Ian will meet for the first time. Forty years before a violent incident irrevocably changed the lives of both men and now they need to talk,” state production notes. The new work is billed as a “powerful play about violence and forgiveness, about the limits of healing, the lottery of bearing witness, and the profit of truth.”

Quietly is a beautiful, powerful, and essential show,” said Public artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “It is utterly specific to Northern Ireland, but that very specificity gives it a huge and universal power. The Public is proud to partner with Irish Rep to present this brilliant Abbey Theatre production.”

“It speaks to our world far beyond the borders of Northern Ireland,” added Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly of the Irish Rep.

The staging will feature scenic design by Alyson Cummins, costume design by Catherine Fay, lighting design by Sinéad McKenna, sound design by Philip Stewart and fight direction by Donal O’Farrell.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 727-2737 or online at irishrep.org.

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