The New York premiere of Belfast Blues began previews Jan. 11 and opened Jan. 20 at The Culture Project. Set to close after the 7 PM performance on April 24, the work will have played 10 preview and 91 regular performances.
Anjelica Huston serves as a producer with The Culture Project in association with "That's Us" Productions for the work and Carol Kane is credited with contributing direction.
"It's drawn from my memories of growing up in war-torn Belfast," Hughes states about her Northern Ireland-set work. "Maybe telling my story will not only give people an insight about kids in war, but will inspire others to tell their story as well." Spanning the course of the years from the 1970's and 1980's, Hughes takes on over two dozen characters — including her younger self — in Belfast Blues which is billed as a "story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood."
A special benefit performance has been scheduled for April 3 at 7 PM. The show will donate proceeds Project Children, which organizes summer vacations in America for children from Northern Ireland in an effort to "give Protestant and Catholic children a much-needed break from the grim politics of their own country and an extraordinary chance to play together." For more information, visit www.projectchildren.com.
The work made its debut in 2003 presented in Los Angeles by The Virtual Theatre Project in association with the Black Dahlia Theatre as directed by Charles Haid The original staging earned Hughes an Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance and a L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing. The work has since played in Belfast, at London's Soho Theatre and Chicago's Mercury Theatre. The work also played in New York this past summer as part of the fourth annual "Women Center Stage" festival. The design team for Belfast Blues includes original designers Jonathan Christman (set, lighting and digital imagery) and Jonathan Snipes (sound).
Tickets to Belfast Blues at The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker Street, are available by calling (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit http://www.45bleecker.com.