Howie the Rookie Begins at NYC's Irish Arts Center May 12

News   Howie the Rookie Begins at NYC's Irish Arts Center May 12 Mark O'Rowe's award-winning Howie the Rookie begins previews May 12 toward May 18 opening at The Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

O'Rowe penned "Intermission," the recent film starring Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney. The play is billed as "an epic tale of friendship, betrayal, and vengeance featuring a Mayan death god, Siamese fighting fish…& Matt Dillon, occurring over two days in Dublin, Ireland."

John O'Callaghan ("We Were the Mulvaneys") and Mark Byrne ("Gangs of New York") star under the direction of Nancy Malone.

Howie the Rookie won the Irish Times New Play Award 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, and has had critically acclaimed runs in London, Dublin and Los Angeles. The play had a brief, previous New York incarnation at P.S. 122 in the East Village.

Sets are designed by Mike Carnahan, with lighting by Richard Winkler and sound by Timothy Mazur.

The production is being presented by The Irish Arts Center, Georganne Aldrich Heller, Tom Kibbe and Naked In The Wings. The Irish Arts Center is at 553 W. 51st Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

The playing schedule for Howie the Rookie is Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, 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." It has brought together all aspects of Irish culture — film, theatre, music, dance, history, language, fiction, and visual arts — under one roof, "making them accessible to people of all backgrounds and ages."

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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