Irish Rep Will Give Voice to New Ann Marie Healy Play in April 27 Reading, With Chalfant

News   Irish Rep Will Give Voice to New Ann Marie Healy Play in April 27 Reading, With Chalfant Ann Marie Healy's If You Imagine It Is So… is the next title in the Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series. The play gets a reading April 27.

The free 3:30 PM reading will feature Kathleen Chalfant, Colby Chambers, Lynda Gravátt, Marin Ireland and David Margulies.

An RSVP at (212) 727-2737 is required.

If You Imagine It Is So "is the story of a marriage through all its thorny truths and lies," according to Irish Rep. "Grace and Charles Travers learn to negotiate the narratives they once created about each other with the unexpected aspirations they now have for their lives. Their daughter Jinny is forced to examine her betrayal against her mother in light of a memory that refuses to be known. An unexpected neighbor forges a connection that only serves as a reminder of the fragility of chance, love and the will to live. In the end, love does not save the day. It only makes all it all that much harder to understand."

Ann Marie Healy's play Have You Seen Steve Steven will be developed at the Sundance Theater Institute this summer followed by a production in September 2007 with the Obie-award winning theatre company 13P (directed by Anne Kauffman). Her play The Night That Roger Went to Visit the Parents of His Old High School Girlfriend recently premiered in the 2006 EST Marathon of One-Acts plays (directed by Andrew McCarthy). Now That's What I Call a Storm was the recipient of a workshop fellowship with MCC Theater (directed by Jo Bonney), and produced by Edge Theater Company, directed by Carolyn Cantor and featuring Marylouise Burke. Dearest Eugenia Haggis was developed at LAByrinth Theater's 2004 summer intensive and The Cape Cod Theater Project. Her writing is published through Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts and in The Kenyon Review. She is an affiliated artist with the Obie-Award winning theatre company Clubbed Thumb; a member of MCC's Playwrights Coalition; a member of 13P, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a writing fellow at New River Dramatists.

Kara Manning, Irish Rep literary manager, hopes that the reading series will "give playwrights, both emerging and more established, the invaluable opportunity to develop their new work in a supportive, safe environment and will also introduce some Irish playwrights, especially those who might not yet have the New York recognition they merit, to an American audience." Additional readings are scheduled for Friday, May 25; Tuesday June 26, July 31 and Aug. 28; and Friday, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14. All readings are at 3 PM unless otherwise noted and are located at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street).

At Irish Rep, Charlotte Moore is artistic director, Ciarán O'Reilly is producing director and Patrick A. Kelsey is managing director.

For more information visit www.irishrep.org.

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