New York's Looking Glass Theatre Company continues in its mission of examining under-recognized women of the theatre and bringing feminist perspectives to traditionally male roles. Previous productions included works by Aphra Behn and an all-female Cymbeline.
Beginning (and opening) June 5 will be Irish Tears, three plays by Isabella Augusta Gregory (aka Lady Gregory). Kenneth Nowell and LGT founder Justine Lambert are co-directing the line-up.
After a three-year stint with Dublin's Irish Literary Theatre, Lady Gregory helped found the Abbey Theatre in 1904. She helped manage the theatre for nearly the rest of her life but also found time to write plays of her own. According to the Back Stage Theatre Guide, Gregory's one-act comedies have come through the ages better than her full-length historical works.
Chosen for Looking Glass' Irish Tears are:
The Gaol Gate, about a woman confronting the gateway of Galway Jail for news of her husband and son within.
Dervorgilla, a love triangle involving an Irish Queen.
Dave, a childless woman's relationship with a lonely young man.
Not to be confused with the experimental Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago, Off-Broadway's Looking Glass Theatre is especially interested in "writers of the past who have been screened out by a canonization process that discriminated against women." For tickets ($12) and information on Irish Tears, June 5-29 at the LGT's home on West 57th St., call (212) 307-9467.
--By David Lefkowitz