Cast Change in Irish Rep's Our Lady of Sligo, to Start April 11

News   Cast Change in Irish Rep's Our Lady of Sligo, to Start April 11 An Irish Repertory Theatre spokesperson told Playbill On-Line that Jarlath Conroy, who was in the London cast of Our Lady of Sligo, could not be included the New York production as first reported. Co-produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre in association with the Royal National Theatre and Stafford Clark's seven-year-old group, Out of Joint Productions, Sligo is scheduled to run at the Irish Repertory Theatre April 11-June 4. The show opens April 20.

An Irish Repertory Theatre spokesperson told Playbill On-Line that Jarlath Conroy, who was in the London cast of Our Lady of Sligo, could not be included the New York production as first reported. Co-produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre in association with the Royal National Theatre and Stafford Clark's seven-year-old group, Out of Joint Productions, Sligo is scheduled to run at the Irish Repertory Theatre April 11-June 4. The show opens April 20.

The schedule indicated above is altered from that reported Feb. 17, which had Sligo's previews starting April 12 and the show closing June 5. In fact, the June 5 date is reserved for Irish Rep's annual fundraising benefit.

As reported earlier, Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore confirmed that two key players from director Max Stafford-Clark's award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Our Lady of Sligo will be joining the New York run of the play. Additional New York City casting begins next week. Stafford-Clark will be casting the role of the younger girl as well as that of the father. The latter part has been written back into the play, according to Moore.

Director Stafford-Clark helmed the Royal National run and will be directing the show's New York engagement as well. In the cast are key members of the Royal National troupe, including Sinead Cusack and Andrea Irvine.

"We've managed to bring over some of the key cast members including Sinead Cusack who won the Olivier Award, " Moore said. "Unfortunately, we can't bring everybody." Playwright Sebastian Barry's family history inspired his story of that class of Irish people whose realizations of independence and self-rule often fell short of their expectations.

"Sebastian Barry has rewritten it a bit," Moore told Playbill On-Line. "They had done away with one character in the first Out of Joint production, but Sebastian wanted it in, so we're putting it back. Tickets for Our Lady of Sligo range $30-$35 (April 12 - 23) and then $35-$40 (April 25 - June 4). The Irish Rep is located at 132 West 22nd Street in New York City. For information and tickets call (212) 727 2737.

-- By Murdoch McBride