Broadway-Bound Translations Cast Set for MTC and McCarter Runs

By Ernio Hernandez
11 Oct 2006

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced casting for the upcoming Broadway run of Brian Friel's Translations, a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, directed by Beauty Queen of Leenane Tony Award winner Garry Hynes.



Previews begin at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre Jan. 4, 2007 towards a Jan. 25 opening night. The work will be seen at the Princeton, New Jersey stage Oct. 8-29.

Niall Buggy (The Weir), David Costabile (Caroline, or Change), Alan Cox (Strange Interlude), Dermot Crowley (Stuff Happens), Michael FitzGerald (The Importance of Being Earnest), Morgan Hallett (Long Days Journey Into Night), Geraldine Hughes (Belfast Blues), Susan Lynch ("Casa de los Babys"), Graeme Malcolm (Aida, The King and I ) and Chandler Williams (Lady Windermere's Fan) comprise the cast of the work from the pen of Faith Healer.

MTC originally produced the American premiere of the work in 1981 and now, 25 years later, revisits the work about "clashing cultures and tragedies of miscommunication [that] unfold in Friel's invented Irish county of Ballybeg," according to the announcement. [The fictional locale is also found in Friel's other plays such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats and Molly Sweeney.

The design team for Translations includes Francis O'Connor (set and costume), Davy Cunningham (lighting) and John Leonard (sound). The production features original music by Sam Jackson.

MTC's current Broadway season begins with Simon Mendes da Costa's Losing Louie now playing at the Biltmore. Jerry Zaks directs a cast that includes Matthew Arkin, Scott Cohen, Rebecca Creskoff, Patricia Kalember, Mark Linn-Baker, Michele Pawk and Jama Williamson.

Translations fills the slot MTC previously announced for Clifford Odets' The Country Girl which is has postponed for next season.

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