The Public Theater and Ireland's Abbey Theatre will present the Sam Shepard play beginning June 25 at the downtown theatre company. The production — also directed by Shepard — will officially open July 14 and run through July 27.
Kicking a Dead Horse was previously seen at Ireland's Abbey Theatre. Tony nominee Rea also starred as Hobart in that production; the non-speaking role of Young Woman has yet to be cast.
The play, according to press notes, concerns the "West, a Manhattan art dealer and a dead horse."
In a statement Public artistic director Oskar Eustis said, "It is an honor to welcome Sam Shepard back to The Public. He is one of our greatest writers, and Kicking a Dead Horse is perhaps his most personal work to date. Funny, elegiac and moving, it is a great meditation on age and the American West. I am also delighted to continue our collaboration with The Abbey Theatre . . . The Abbey is one of the greatest theatres in the world, and we have much to offer one another."
The Public previously presented Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class (1978), Tongues (1979), True West (1980) and Simpatico (1994). Stephen Rea received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film "The Crying Game" and a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. He began his career at the Abbey Theatre before moving to London. Among Rea's numerous film credits are "Stuck," "Sisters," "Sixty Six," "Till Death," "V for Vendetta," "Breakfast on Pluto," "The River Queen," "The Good Shepherd," "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "All Men Are Mortal," "Prêt a Porter," "Interview with a Vampire," "The Doctor and the Devils," "The House," "Company of Wolves," "Loose Connections" and "Angel."
Show times are Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets will go on sale May 18 by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.publictheater.org.