By Christine Ehren
18 Jun 2001
Stones in His Pockets didn't take home any Tonys, but the two-man comedy picked up plenty of accolades, especially for its virtuoso acting. San Diego's Globe Theatres will stage the West Coast premiere of the Marie Jones play in February 2002 with the production then traveling on to Hartford, CT's Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and the Playhouse Theatre in Wilmington, DE. Stones in His Pockets replaces the previously announced revival of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, originally set to take the same tour as Stones.
Stones in His Pockets is seen through the perspective of Charlie and Jack, two down-on-their luck Irishmen working as extras on a Hollywood film being shot in the Irish countryside. The close-knit rural community around them is uprooted and in some ways destroyed by the arrival of the Hollywood cast and crew. Among the characters Hill and Campion portray are Caroline Giovanni, the spoiled and horny American diva; Mickey, the last remaining extra from "The Quiet Man"; and Clem, the hunchbacked British director.
The play was inspired by Jones' own experience as an actor in films shot in Ireland, including 1993's “In the Name of the Father,” starring Daniel Day Lewis. Jones' other plays include A Night in November, Women on the Verge of HRT and the sequel Women on the Verge.Get a Life.
On Broadway, the two-man play features the original London stars, Conleth Hill and Sean Campion. Hill won an Olivier Award for his performance, beating out his co-star who was also nominated. Both were nominated for the Tony, but lost to Richard Easton of The Invention of Love. There is no word if the Irishmen will continue with the show beyond New York.
The Globe Theatres are on the web at http://www.theglobetheatres.org. The Bushnell Center is on the web at http://www.bushnell.org. The Playhouse Theatre is on the web at http://www.playhousetheatre.com.