Irish Repertory Theatre has unveiled its 2019 summer programming. On the upstairs mainstage the Off-Broadway theatre will present Elaine Murphy's Little Gem, while downstairs will be Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward, devised by Barry Day with direction by Artistic Director Charlotte Moore.
Little Gem, directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull (Outlying Islands), will begin performances July 17 ahead of a July 25 opening.
In the debut play from Irish playwright Murphy, three generations of North Dublin women find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected. Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine discovers salsa dancing after an incident at work leads to therapist-suggested self-care. Grandmother Kay, “on the wrong side of 60, but not dead yet,” struggles to take care of a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem.
Casting and creative team for Little Gem will be announced at a later date. Performances are scheduled through September 1.
Little Gem was previously seen in New York in 2010. The play premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, where it won the Fishamble New Writing Award before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward will begin July 26 ahead of an August 1 opening.
Through his songs, stories, and personal letters, cabaret performers Steve Ross and KT Sullivan will bring to life the many characters that made up Coward's singular life—including Gertrude Lawrence, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elaine Stritch, Lynn Fontanne, Virginia Woolf, Edna Ferber, the Queen Mother, and the playwright himself.
Tickets are available at Irishrep.org.