Welcome to Crestfall, Population Three; Irish Writer O'Rowe's New Work Gets U.S. Premiere

News   Welcome to Crestfall, Population Three; Irish Writer O'Rowe's New Work Gets U.S. Premiere The American premiere of Irish writer Mark O'Rowe's Crestfall, presented by Origin Theatre Company in association with Guna Nua Theatre, Dublin, plays 59E59 Theaters Oct. 6-23.

Origin founder and artistic director George C. Heslin directs the staging. "With unsettling lyricism, three women illuminate the strange and perilous town of Crestfall — where all goodness seems to have disappeared," according to production notes. "They share a private journey of survival with poetry and verve, navigating their way through darkened streets. Alluring yet hardened, ruined yet resilient, the women finally discover something new: a small, bright hope wrested fiercely from the ravaged landscape."

The cast features Fiana Toibin (Broadway's The Weir and the award winning Long Days Journey Into Night opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman), Mari Howells (The British Beckett Festival and The Snow Spider) and Barbara J. Spence (HBO's "Earthly Possessions").

The design of Crestfall is by Lex Liang (scenic), Jason Jeunnette (lighting), Michelle R. Phillips (costume) and Zachary Williamson (sound).

Mark O'Rowe produced his first play, Rundown, with Origin Theatre Company, which was the company’s inaugural production. Since then O'Rowe has received many awards for his writing including The George Divine Award, The Irish Times Best New Play Award, The Best of Edinburgh Award and the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His other plays include From Both Hips, Anna's Ankle, Made In China for The Abbey Theatre, and Howie the Rookie for The Bush Theatre London (also PS 122). O'Rowe has written the screen play for the recent feature film "Intermission" staring Colin Farrell and Colm Meany. He is writing the feature film "Perrier's Bounty" and an adaptation of "Star of the Sea" by Joseph O'Connor.

George C. Heslin is the artistic director and founder of New York based Origin Theatre Company. As an actor George recently completed the Broadway national tour of Stones in His Pockets, and is currently appearing in the Off-Broadway production, The Blowin of Baile Gall. Performance schedule is Tuesday-Saturday at 8:30 PM, Sunday at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.

All tickets for performances of Crestfall at 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park) can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.ticketcentral.com or in person at the 59E59.

For more information, visit www.59e59.org.

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Founded in 2002, Origin Theatre Company "is a not-for-profit cross-cultural theatre company. Since its inception, the company has had a hand in carving a place for innovative writing in New York and has been responsible for several critically acclaimed productions including the world premiere of Rundown by Mark O'Rowe, Cooooooolouds by New York based writer Imelda O'Reilly, Misterman by Enda Walsh (Stuart Parker award for best Irish Writer 2000), which was invited to play the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., culminating at the Dublin Festival where it was nominated in Best Production and Best Actor categories. In January 2005, Origin Theatre Company opened its season with the American premiere of Communion by Aidan Mathews. Origin Theatre Company "is committed to its cross-cultural mission, and this year held a season of four new writing workshops, supported by NYU Ireland House, The Wales International Center and The Irish Consulate."

From Left: Mari Howells, Fiana Toibin and Barbara J. Spence in <i>Crestfall</i>.
From Left: Mari Howells, Fiana Toibin and Barbara J. Spence in Crestfall.