Dr. Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist, will moderate the event to take place following the 4 PM performance. Dennis McKeon, Executive Director of "Where to Turn Inc." — a not for profit organization dedicated to support the victims of all tragedy — will also take part along with a panel that includes Mary Fetchet (founder of Voices of September 11 who lost her son), Nick Chiarchiaro (who lost his wife and niece) and Cheri Sparacio (who lost her husband).
The New York premiere of Belfast Blues began previews Jan. 11 and opened Jan. 20 at The Culture Project. 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."
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.