The plays, beginning performances July 29, explore the fragile world of father-son relationships in contemporary Ireland. Opening is Aug. 6.
Tim Ruddy directs. The American premiere of After Luke "is set in the heyday of Ireland's recent boom" and "explores the greed-driven frenzy of the property market when one son returns from abroad and manipulates the sale of the home place," according to Irish Rep. When I Was God "is a searing drama of a father's heartbreaking expectations for his son in sports. We witness through the eyes of a ten year old the longings of a fanatical dad. On the field of dreams, the referee is God — but what happens when God is made man?"
The cast features Gary Gregg, Colin Lane and Michael Mellamphy.
Creedon is a playwright, novelist and documentary maker. His stage plays include The Trial Of Jesus (2000), produced as part of the Irish National Millennium Celebrations. The production was awarded two National Business2Arts Awards and nominated for The Irish Times Theatre Awards; Glory Be To The Father; "The Second City Trilogy," comprising three plays (The Cure, After Luke & When I Was God).
Director Ruddy started his career as an actor with the Royal Court Youth Theatre in London before attending The Deleon School for Performing Arts in Richmond Surrey. His work in Ireland has included many productions with the legendary Abbey Theatre and five years starring as Oliver O'Driscoll in the top-rated TV drama "Glenroe," as well as featuring as Detective Hackett in the BBC's acclaimed series "Ballykissangel." He has performed in the Broadway tour of Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones, and in many Off-Broadway productions in New York including Philadelphia, Here I Come, The Field, Defender of the Faith and Prisoner of the Crown at The Irish Repertory Theatre, and the world premiere of Rockdoves by Marie Jones at the Irish Arts Center. The creative team includes set designer Lex Liang, costume designer David Toser, lighting designer Brian Nason and sound designer Shannon Slaton. Production stage manager is April A. Kline.
Tickets are $65 and $55 and can be purchased by calling (212) 727-2737 or at the box office. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. For more information, visit The Irish Rep website, www.irishrep.org.
Charlotte Moore is Irish Rep artistic director, Ciarán O'Reilly is producing director, Jeffrey Chrzczon is general manager.