Peil, Lowrance, Botchan, Canavan, Donnelly to Read Midden at Irish Rep

News   Peil, Lowrance, Botchan, Canavan, Donnelly to Read Midden at Irish Rep
Irish Repertory Theatre will explore Midden, a tale of three generations of women, by Morna Regan, Jan. 30 as part of its New Works Reading Series.
Mary Beth Peil
Mary Beth Peil

The 3 PM reading, which is free and open to the public, will feature Rachel Botchan, Elizabeth Canavan, Terry Donnelly, Nicole Lowrance and Mary Beth Peil.

Off-Broadway's The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street.

"In Midden, after 15 years in the U.S., Ruth has finally built up a business successful enough to bring her back home to Ireland," according to Irish Rep. "But instead of the welcome she longs for, her arrival provokes instant strife, opening old scars and threatening to drown them all in a sea of resentment and anger. The homesick returning Yank no longer knows where home is. Midden is the story of five women from three generations. Told with humor and warmth it unpicks the tangled threads between past and present, mothers and daughters, exile and home."

Regan is a Fulbright Scholar and an MFA graduate from USC, L.A. She has worked as an actress for many years performing with such companies as the Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre, Rough Magic and the Gate, Dublin, London's West End, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and the Long Wharf. Her first piece of writing, "The Case of Majella McGinty," a 30-minute film, was directed by Academy Award-nominated Kirsten Sheridan and won 12 international awards including, in the U.S., a Silver Spire at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Gold Award at the Worldfest in Houston. Midden was produced by Rough Magic Theatre Company and directed by Lynne Parker, and the play was awarded an Edinburgh Fringe First, The Stewart Parker Radio Drama Award, The Jayne Snow Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Heidelburg European Author's Award and was nominated for an Irish Times/ESB Best New Play Award.

The Irish Repertory Theatre "encourages the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures." The Irish Repertory Theatre's 2007 production of Stuart Carolan's Defender of the Faith emerged from the 2006 New Works Reading Series. Seating is limited. Reserve by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre Box Office at (212) 727-2737. For more information visit


Brian Friel's Aristocrats is currently playing Irish Rep's mainstage.

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