DruidMurphy Will Play Kennedy Center This Fall

By Adam Hetrick
September 7, 2012

The Druid Theatre Company's DruidMurphy, a trio of Tom Murphy dramas — Conversations on a Homecoming, Whistle in the Dark and Famine — will play the Kennedy Center in October.



Performed in repertory Oct. 17-20 in the Eisenhower Theater, Tony winner Garry Hynes directs the production that previously played New York this summer as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The Kennedy Center engagement marks the conclusion of DruidMurphy's tour, which also played Ireland and England.

The cast includes Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Isaac O’Sullivan, Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh.

Here's a look at the plays:

Based in the 1970s in County Galway, West of Ireland, Conversations on a Homecoming is about a man named Michael and his return to his home town after a ten-year absence. Upon his sudden return from New York working as an actor, Michael has a reunion with old friends in the familiar pub called “The White House.” Over a long drinking session, the friends are faced with the changes the years have wrought and begin a process of self-discovery.

Set in 1960, A Whistle in the Dark tells the story of Michael Carney, an Irish emigrant living in Coventry, England and his wife, Betty. Michael has given lodgings to three of his brothers. The imminent arrival of his father and younger brother cause tensions in the family to boil over.

Famine is set in County Mayo, Glanconnor village, West of Ireland in 1846. When the second crop of potatoes fails, the community faces the real prospect of starvation. John Connor, head of the family, leader of the village, son of glorious forefathers, is surrounded by starvation and poverty. He will do the right thing—by himself, by God, and by his family.

DruidMurphy has costume design by Joan O'Clery, lighting design by Chris Davey, sound design by Gregory Clarke, music by Sam Jackson and dramaturgy by Thomas Conway.

Tickets are available by phoning (202) 467-4600 or by visiting kennedy-center.org.