The Hairy Ape Opens at Irish Rep Oct. 5

News   The Hairy Ape Opens at Irish Rep Oct. 5 The Irish Repertory Theatre's new season will launch Oct. 5 with a new production of The Hairy Ape by the Nobel Prize-winning Irish American Eugene O'Neill.

Ciarán O'Reilly directs the drama at Irish Rep's Manhattan home at 132 W. 22nd Street. The production began previews Sept. 29 and plays to Nov. 19.

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"When The Hairy Ape, one of Eugene O'Neill's favorite plays, opened in 1922 it set the theatrical world on fire," according to Irish Rep notes. "This journey of a dark-souled, brutish ship laborer known as Yank is a riveting story of a common man's search for belonging in a world controlled by the rich and powerful. As head coal stoker on an ocean liner, Yank is in his element: he rules his dark smoky world, he powers the ship, he belongs. But when the beautiful, pale, spoiled daughter of the ship's owner visits the engine room for a thrill, she is at once repulsed and terrified by Yank and what she sees there. Half in love with the unattainable and half blinded by rage, the bewildered Yank blunders violently through Manhattan seeking at once revenge and a place in a society which refuses him."

O'Neill (1888-1953) is considered an Everest among American playwrights. He penned Anna Christie, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Ah, Wilderness!, Desire Under the Elms, The Iceman Cometh and more.

Director Ciarán O'Reilly was most recently seen in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of O'Neill's Touch of the Poet. The cast includes Kerry Bishé, Jason Denuszek, Gregory Derelian, Jerry Finnigan, Delphi Harrington, David Lansbury, Jon Levenson, Allen McCullough, Michael Mellamphy and Kevin O'Donnell. Set design is by Eugene Lee, costumes design is by Linda Fisher, lighting design is by Brian Nason, sound design by Zachary Williamson and Gabe Wood, wig and hair design by Robert-Charles Vallance, dialects Stephen Gabis, mask/puppet design is by Bob Flanagan, casting by Debbie Brown, fight direction by Rick Sordelet.

Janice M. Brandine is production stage manager, and Benjamin Shuman Is stage manager.

Performances of The Hairy Ape are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $55 and $50 and can be purchased by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre box office at (212) 727-2737. For more information, visit www.irishrep.org.

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