Tony Walton Will Direct and Co-Design Devil's Disciple for Irish Rep

News   Tony Walton Will Direct and Co-Design Devil's Disciple for Irish Rep The Irish Repertory Theatre will present George Bernard Shaw's American Revolution-set The Devil's Disciple, directed by famed designer Tony Walton, starting Dec. 5 at its home on West 22nd Street in Manhattan.

The cast will include Jenny Fellner, Curzon Dobell, Sean Gormley, Cristin Milioti, Craig Pattison, Lorenzo Pisoni, Darcy Pulliam, Robert Sedgwick, John Windsor-Cunningham and Richard B. Watson.

Performances will play through Jan. 27, 2008. The official opening will be Dec. 13. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 W. 22nd St.

According to Irish Rep, "The Devil's Disciple, Shaw's crackling comedy set in the middle of the American War of Independence, is the story of the rascal, Dick Dudgeon, a young revolutionary brought up in a harshly Puritan home, who finds himself starved for a true religion. His passionate belief in the right to human happiness lands him smack in the middle of a masquerade which could result in dangerous, indeed, life-threatening consequences. Shaw's superb wit and wisdom send us reeling toward a series of delicious revelations in this timely play which could well have been ripped from tomorrow's newscast."

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin. In 1896, The Devil's Disciple was first performed in New York, and later included in his 1901 volume "Plays for Puritans."

Tony Walton directed and designed Irish Rep's The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara and the U.S. premiere of Noël Coward's After the Ball. His Broadway designs include the recent Well and revivals of Our Town, I'm Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes, plus Bob Fosse's original productions of Chicago and Pippin; Pinter's Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes; Grand Hotel, The Real Thing, The Will Rogers Follies and The House of Blue Leaves, Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol and Julie Andrews' recent revival and touring production of The Boy Friend. His many awards include the Oscar, the Emmy and three Tonys (16 nominations).

The Devil's Disciple's associate set designer is Heather Wolensky, co-costume designer is Rebecca Lustig, lighting designer is Brian Nason, sound designer is Zach Williamson, wig and hair designer is Robert-Charles Vallance, properties are by Dierdre Brennan, fight direction is by Rick Sordelet, and dialects are by Stephen Gabis. Christine Lemme is stage manager.

Performances will play Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

For more information, call (212) 727-2737 or visit www.irishrep.org.