Airswimming is set in 1920s England and is based on the "true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the 'criminally insane' for having borne illegitimate children. Forgotten by their families and not released until the 1970s, Dora and Persephone adopt alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, to enact their fantasies and survive the silence of incarceration."
Performances play Irish Rep's intimate W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre at 132 W. 22nd Street.
Actresses Moloney and Pickup, recently seen in Irish Rep's Dancing at Lughnasa, play Dora and Persephone, respectively.
The production team includes set designer Melissa Shakun; lighting designer Jessica M. Burgess; sound designer Kortney Barber; and choreographer Laura Knight Keating. Production stage manager is Lauren McArthur.
Moloney, of Fallen Angel, told Playbill.com, "Charlotte Jones has written a very brave piece. She explores with effortless wit a topic that many writers would shy away from. [Her] fearless humor and her complete lack of self-censorship in her writing are more than reason enough to draw me to the challenges of the play."
For tickets and more information, visit irishrep.org.
For more about Fallen Angel Theatre Company, a non-profit troupe based in New York and committed to presenting new Irish and British plays written by and about women, visit fallenangeltheatre.org.
Irish Rep's fall production of Brian Friel's The Freedom of the City has resumed performances, now to Jan. 20 on the company's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Ciarán O'Reilly directs.