Irish Rep Extends Chester Bailey Starring Tony Winner Reed Birney and Ephraim Birney | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Irish Rep Extends Chester Bailey Starring Tony Winner Reed Birney and Ephraim Birney

The Off-Broadway production follows a doctor and patient as they embark on a journey of healing in a WWII hospital.

Ephraim Birney and Reed Birney at Opening Night of Irish Reps 2022 Production of Chester Bailey Photo by James Higgins

Irish Repertory Theatre has extended the New York premiere of Chester Bailey by one week for a run now through November 20. Emmy winner Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomethingMy Favorite Year) penned the play which began previews October 12 and opened October 19 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage.

Emmy nominee Ron Lagomarsino (Digby, Homefront) directs Tony winner Reed Birney (The HumansHouse of Cards) and Ephraim Birney (GothamThe Americans), the father-and-son duo who star as Dr. Philip Cotton and Chester Bailey, respectively. Chester Bailey is a young man with severe injuries recovering in a hospital at the end of World War II, but his refusal to accept what has happened brings him into the care of Dr. Cotton. But, Dr. Cotton is wounded in his own ways, and the journey the two men embark on surprises them both.

The production which features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Toni Leslie-James, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, and sound design by Brendan Aanes. April Ann Kline serves as the production stage manager.

Chester Bailey received its first reading at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre in 2012. Another reading followed in 2015 at Irish Rep, leading to a workshop and a 2016 world premiere at American Conservatory Theatre. Both Reed and Ephraim Birney have starred in productions at West Virginia’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival and Massachusetts’ Barrington Stage Company.

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