Performances begin April 20 at Irish Rep for the company's Off-Broadway revival of The Plough and the Stars, the third show in the currently running O’Casey Cycle. The production joins the The Shadow of a Gunman, which began in January, and Juno and the Paycock, which began in March, in repertory on Irish Rep's mainstage.
Directed by Irish Rep Co-Founder Charlotte Moore, The Plough and the Stars completes the season of O'Casey works, which has been extended due to popular demand through June 22.
In The Plough and the Stars, pretty young newlywed Nora Clitheroe is the talk of her tenement as she tirelessly works to lift her family out of their impoverished circumstances. When her husband Jack becomes a Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army, and when the Easter Rising of 1916 begins, Nora is left pregnant and alone to help lead the fight. The disparate, quarrelsome tenement residents are forced to shelter together as urban warfare makes their home nearly as treacherous as the streets.
Moore directs a cast made up of Úna Clancy as Mrs. Gogan, Terry Donnelly as Woman from Rathmines, Rory Duffy as Ensemble, Meg Hennessy as Mollser, John Keating as Capt. Brennan, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Peter Flynn, Ed Malone as Lieut. Langon, Michael Mellamphy as Fluther Good, Clare O’Malley as Nora Clitheroe, Adam Petherbridge as Jack Clitheroe, Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett as Bessie Burgess, James Russell as The Young Covey, Harry Smith as Bartender/Sgt. Tinley, and Sarah Street as Rosie Redmond.
Many of the cast are also performing in the other O'Casey works on offer. While the plays are shown on separate evenings, on Saturdays, June 15 and 22, all three dramas will be performed in one day and will be presented in order of their historical settings. Dubbed Dublin Saturdays, the event will begin with The Plough and the Stars (1916—The Easter Rising) at 11 AM, followed by The Shadow of a Gunman (1921—The Irish War of Independence) at 3:30 PM, and will conclude with Juno and the Paycock (1922—the Irish Civil War) at 8 PM.