Irish Rep's Molly Sweeney Opens Long Wharf Season Sept. 21

News   Irish Rep's Molly Sweeney Opens Long Wharf Season Sept. 21
 
The Irish Repertory Theatre production of Tony Award-winning playwright Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney, starring Jonathan Hogan, Simone Kirby and Ciaran O’Reilly, officially opens Sept. 21 at the Long Wharf Theatre.

Simone Kirby
Simone Kirby Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Molly Sweeney, which played an extended, critically praised run Off-Broadway at the Irish Rep last spring, is the first production of Long Wharf's 2011-2012 season. It began previews Sept. 14 and will run through Oct. 16.

The cast reunites Off-Broadway company members including Tony nominee Hogan (As Is, Burn This, Fifth of July), Kirby (Dancing at Lughnasa) and O'Reilly (Candida, Aristocrats).

IRT artistic director Charlotte Moore stages the play that centers on the titular character, blind since birth, who "only knows of the world through touch, sound, taste, and smell. But when she is goaded into an operation to restore her sight by her husband and doctor, she sees for the first time all the glory and harsh realities of the life she is living. Molly’s tale moves toward an unexpected and poignant conclusion about the way we perceive our existence."

The production has set design by Jim Morgan, costume design by Linda Fisher, lighting design by Richard Pilbrow and Michael Gottlieb, and sound design by Zach Williamson.

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

Jonathan Hogan, Simone Kirby and Ciar
Jonathan Hogan, Simone Kirby and Ciar Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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