Acclaimed Irish Play Howie the Rookie Gets NYC Staging Starting May 5 at Irish Arts Center

News   Acclaimed Irish Play Howie the Rookie Gets NYC Staging Starting May 5 at Irish Arts Center
 
Howie the Rookie, Mark O'Rowe's "epic tale of friendship, betrayal and vengeance," will get an Off-Broadway production at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan beginning May 5 toward a May 12 opening.

The play was seen in acclaimed and popular runs in San Francisco, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere. It won the Irish Times New Play Awards 2000, The 1999 George Devine Award, the 1999 Rooney Award for Irish Literature and the Heard Angel for Best Production at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

O'Rowe is the writer of "Intermission," the recent film staring Colin Farrell and Colm Meany. Howie the Rookie includes "a Mayan death god, Siamese fighting fish and Matt Dillon," and is set over two days in Dublin, Ireland.

Emmy Award-winner Nancy Malone will direct the staging, to feature John O'Callahan ("We Were the Mulvaneys") and Mark Byrne ("Gangs of New York").

The Irish Arts Center (Pauline Turley, executive director), Georganne Aldrich Heller, Tom Kibbe, and Naked In The Wings present the production.

The Irish Arts Center is at 553 West 51st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The playing schedule for Howie the Rookie is Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $40-$45 and are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting www.smarttix.com.

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Located in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, the Irish Arts Center was founded in 1972 "to celebrate the artistic expression of the Irish and Irish American Experience." For the last 30 years, the IAC "has brought all aspects of Irish culture—theatre, music, dance, history, language, fiction, visual arts, and film–under one roof, making them accessible to people of all nationalities."

From Left: Mark Byrne and John O'Callaghan in <i>Howie the Rookie</i>
From Left: Mark Byrne and John O'Callaghan in Howie the Rookie Photo by Walter Lockwood
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