Coram Boy's Eaves Will Be Brendan in Huntington World Premiere

By Ernio Hernandez
02 Oct 2007

The cast has been announced for the Huntington Theatre Company's upcoming world-premiere presentation of Ronan Noone's Brendan.



Justin Waldman (The Atheist) directs the show slated to run Oct. 12-Nov. 17 at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts. Opening night is Oct. 24.

Dashiell Eaves (Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) — seen at Huntington in Observe the Sons of Ulster... — will star in the title role. The cast will also feature Nancy E. Carroll (Present Laughter), Ciaran Crawford (Smiler Becoming Yank), Natalie Gold (Festen), Kelly McAndrew (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Kathleen McElfresh (The Frugal Repast), Cliff Odle (King Hedley II), Tommy Schrider (Love's Labour's Lost) and Bradley Thoennes (King of the Jews).

"Brendan's been in America more than five years now, and he's found living in Boston isn't much different than in Ireland," read show notes. "On the verge of gaining citizenship, Brendan's life goes topsy-turvy with the arrival of a letter from home.  Everything he tried to forget is suddenly front and center again, making him realize he hasn't fully broken free of the old Irish sod. Now he's trying to clean up old memories while also making new ones."

The work by Irish-born Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone was developed as part of Huntington's 2005 Breaking Ground Festival. Noone's The Atheist just played at Huntington in September with Campbell Scott in the lead. Other works include The Lepers of Baile Baiste and The Blowin of Baile Gall.

The design team for Brendan includes Alexander Dodge (scenic), Mariann Verheyen (costume), Jeff Croiter (lighting) and Fitz Patton (sound).  Eileen Ryan Kelly serves as production stage manager with Kelly Beaulieu as stage manager.

Tickets to Brendan at the Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont Street in Boston, are available by calling (617) 266-0800. For more information visit huntingtontheatre.org.