Solo Play James X, About Ireland's Institutional Abuse, Arrives Off-Broadway Dec. 6

News   Solo Play James X, About Ireland's Institutional Abuse, Arrives Off-Broadway Dec. 6
 
Gerard Mannix Flynn's solo drama James X, tracing the journey of one child through Ireland's abusive institutional system, begins previews Off-Broadway Dec. 6 at the Culture Project.

Tony Award nominee Gabriel Byrne directs the 75-minute piece by Irish writer, actor, playwright and politician Flynn. The play premiered in Dublin in 2009.

James X will officially open Dec. 9 for a limited engagement at the Bleecker Street Theatre through Dec. 18. Byrne, Liam Neeson and the Culture Project present the run in association with Culture Ireland.

Here's how the Culture Project describes James X: "An Irish government tribunal of inquiry into the institutions responsible for the cruel and inhumane treatment of children is in session. In the foyer, James X, one of those children, now a man, anxiously prepares to offer the testimony which he hopes will unshackle him from the past. As he waits, James is confronted with the fact that the tribunal he is about to go before is part of the very same system what made prisoners of children like him. Sighting this truth prompts him to tell the story which will really, finally, set him free."

Byrne earned a Tony Award nomination for A Moon for the Misbegotten. He also appeared with the Culture Project in The Exonerated and is known for his work on "The Usual Suspects" and HBO's "In Treatment."

For tickets visit CultureProject.org. The Bleecker Street Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street.

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