NYC's Irish Rep Has Boucicault, Beowulf, Beckett and O'Brien in 2003-04

News   NYC's Irish Rep Has Boucicault, Beowulf, Beckett and O'Brien in 2003-04 Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre's 2003-04 season will include a world premiere adaptation of the old English epic, Beowulf, and four more titles, the troupe's directors announced.

Artistic director Charlotte Moore and producing director Ciaran O'Reilly announced the season, which includes:

  • The Colleen Bawn, by Dion Boucicault, "the classic tale of love and intrigue across the classes in 19th century Ireland," featuring "a gallery of distressed damsels, landed gentry and roguish peasantry....arranged marriages, mistaken identities, attempted murders and happy endings..." The melodrama, from the author of past rep hits The Shaughraun and The Streets of New York, opens the Rep season in October.
  • Beowulf, the poem adapted for the stage by Lindsey Turner: "a world premiere of a thrilling adaptation of the epic heroic adventure...the tale of Beowulf's battle with Grendel comes to life through the use of puppetry, live action and original music."
  • Eden, the American premiere of the play by Eugene O'Brien. "As Breda plans a night out with her husband, Billy, she has not clue that he has other plans — involving another woman. This hilarious and heartbreaking new play is a portrait of good times gone bad for two people who have promised to be together forever."

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  • Endgame, Samuel Beckett's absurdist tragicomedy about "the tensions between a master, his servant an his parents in a post-apocalyptic landscape. A fifth title is being explored. Dates and artists will be announced.

    The Irish Repertory Theatre presents at 132 W. 22nd St. For information, call (212) 727-2737 or visit www.irishrep.org.