A Night in November, Olivier-winning Irish playwright Marie Jones' one-man drama about Northern Irish relations and soccer, makes its Los Angeles premiere Jan. 27-March 2 at the Celtic Arts Center. Belfast actor Marty Maguire stars.
November concerns one Kenneth McCallister, an East Belfast Protestant (the region is primarily Catholic), who is transformed by his own bigotry. The play takes place on the night of the 1994 World Cup soccer game between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland — an event which profoundly changes McCallister. Jones won the Olivier Award for her most recent work, Stones in His Pockets, which begins a national tour Feb. 3 at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Maguire starred in Belfast productions of Grease!, West Side Story and The Girls in the Big Picture before moving on to TV and independent film ("Orphan" and "The Grasscutter"). He is directed by writer-performer Tim Byron Owens, who recently starred in the popular Ray Bradbury comedy, Falling Upward!.
Tickets are $15. The Celtic Arts Center is located at 4843 Laurel Canyon in Studio City. For reservations, call (818) 760-8322.
— By Christine Ehren
and Robert Simonson