O'Connell's Hang Lenny Pope Gets Irish Rep Reading Oct. 26

News   O'Connell's Hang Lenny Pope Gets Irish Rep Reading Oct. 26 The next free staged reading in the Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series will be Chris O'Connell's Hang Lenny Pope, about parents of a violent son, Oct. 26.

The 3 PM reading at the Off-Broadway troupe's home on West 22nd Street will be read by Jennifer Dundas (Iron), Luke Farrell Kirby (TV's "Slings & Arrows," "Tell Me You Love Me"), Ciarán O'Reilly (A Touch of the Poet) and Annie Purcell (The Coast of Utopia, Awake and Sing!).

First produced in the U.K. in March 2007 by Theatre Absolute and Warwick Arts Centre, Hang Lenny Pope "compellingly explores the possibility that love might return and redemption be found for a couple whose lives have been battered by the experience of parenting a violent son," according to Irish Rep. "Both touching and funny, [it's] an urban love story with a truly macabre twist."

Chris O'Connell's previous work for Theatre Absolute includes the multi award-winning Street Trilogy (Car, Raw, Kid), which played to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, in London and across Europe He has been writer in residence for Paines Plough, London, and his other work for theatre includes Thyestes (RSC), Hymns (Frantic Assembly), Tall Phoenix and Cool Water Murder (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry). All of O'Connell's work is published by Oberon Books, UK.

As part of its mission statement, The Irish Repertory Theatre "encourages the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures."

The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street in Manhattan. Tickets are free, and the event is open to the public. A reservation is required (212) 727-2737.

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Irish Rep is under the leadership of Charlotte Moore, artistic director; Ciarán O'Reilly, producing director; Patrick A. Kelsey, managing director.

For more information visit www.irishrep.org.

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