Irish Repertory Season to Feature Juno and the Paycock, Starring J. Smith-Cameron, and A Mind-Bending Evening of Beckett

By Andrew Gans
29 Aug 2013

J. Smith-Cameron
J. Smith-Cameron
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre, which was co-founded by artistic director Charlotte Moore and producing director Ciarán O'Reilly, has announced its 26th season, which will kickoff with a revival of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock.

Directed by artistic director Moore, performances will begin Oct. 9 at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The cast will feature J. Smith-Cameron as Juno Boyle, Ciarán O’Reilly as "Captain" Jack Boyle and John Keating as Joxer Daly. The upcoming season will also include the New York premiere of A Mind-Bending Evening of Beckett, which features three of Samuel Beckett's short plays, with direction and puppet design by Bob Flanagan.

Details of the fall 2013 lineup follow:

Juno and the Paycock
By Sean O’Casey
Directed by Charlotte Moore
Oct. 9 – Dec. 8
Opens Oct. 20 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage.
With J. Smith-Cameron, Ciarán O’Reilly, John Keating, Ed Malone, Mary Mallen, Ciarán Byrne, Terry Donnelly, Laurence Lowry, Kern McFadden, David O’Hara, James Russell and Fiana Toibin.



Juno is "Sean O'Casey's extravagant portrait of the poetically comic and tragic world of Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War. The gestures of life are often broad, and the speech torrential, as Jack Boyle and sidekick Joxer Daly's drinking and posturing rise to comic heights! When the news of an unexpected inheritance arrives, the Boyle family sees a flame of hope as the heroic Juno dreams of taking war-crippled son, Johnny, and his sister, young Mary, out of their squalid surroundings into a better life. However, hopes are dashed and reality returns as a twist of fate brings their dreams crashing down around them."

The production will have set design by James Noone, costume design by David Toser, lighting design by Brian Nason and sound design by M. Florian Staab. The production stage manager is Pamela Brusoski, and the assistant stage manager is Rebecca C. Monroe.

A Mind-Bending Evening of Beckett
Direction and puppet design by Bob Flanagan
New York Premiere
Oct. 16 – Dec. 1
Opens Oct. 22 in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre.
"A presentation of three of Samuel Beckett’s short plays . . . In Beckett’s absurdist, minimal style, Mr. Flanagan explores the frustrating trials and tribulations of Everyman who seems stranded on a desert island in Act Without Words (a mime, presented here with Bunraku style puppetry); Breath, perhaps the world’s shortest play, a thought-provoking statement on human life itself; and finally, Play, a study in how our choices in life bind us together forever as we visit three people who are trapped and isolated, due to an unexceptional affair."

A Christmas show, to be presented in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, is to be announced.

For more information about The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street), call the box office at  (212) 727-2737 or visit www.irishrep.org.