Dennehy Plays Hughie as Trinity Rep Adds New Plays to Season

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Trinity Repertory Company has added a double-bill staging of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and a one-act play by Sean O'Casey starring Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy. The Providence, Rhode Island stage also fills its new play slot with The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff.

The O'Neill-O'Casey double-bill will play Feb. 20-April 4, 2004 in the Dowling Theater, replacing the previously announced Topdog/Underdog — which is postponed until next season. The shift in scheduling of Topdog/Underdog to next season, under the direction of Kent Gash, will allow for a co-production with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company.

Dennehy received his 2003 Tony Award for his work in another O'Neill play, Long Day's Journey Into Night. His other Broadway appearances include Translations and another Tony-winning turn in Death of a Salesman. He currently plays the title role in Trumbo Off-Broadway.

Katherine Steindler will direct the actor in Hughie which follows the late-night rantings of a small-time gambler who reminisces about a former hotel clerk to his successor. The lead role in the one-act, two-person drama has been performed on Broadway by the likes of Jason Robards and Al Pacino. The O'Casey work is yet to be decided upon.

The world premiere staging of Groff's The Ruby Sunrise will play May 14-June 27, 2004. The play centers on a mysterious teenage girl who may have invented television in 1927, yet is denied her place in history. Trinity artistic director Oskar Eustis will direct.

Trinity Rep’s 40th season continues with the current staging of O’Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten through Nov. 9, the new musical revue Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience (Dec. 12-Jan. 25, 2004), William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor (Jan. 30-March 7, 2004), Hughie and a Sean O’Casey one-act play (Feb. 20-April 4, 2004), West Side Story (April 23-June 6, 2004) and The Ruby Sunrise (May 14-June 27, 2004). For tickets to shows at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI can be purchased through (401) 351-4242. For more information, visit Trinity Rep online at

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