Philadelphia, Here I Come Begins Performances at Irish Rep March 16 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Philadelphia, Here I Come Begins Performances at Irish Rep March 16

The production is part of the Off-Broadway company's Friel Project, presenting a selection of playwright Brian Friel's plays set in the fictional Ballybeg.

Peter Cormican, Terry Donnely, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Deirdre Madigan

Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come begins performances Off-Broadway March 16.

The play is the third in their Friel Project series, which was recently extended to four total productions. The project sees the Off-Broadway company presenting a selection of Friel's plays, all set in the fictional Irish town of Ballybeg.

Directed by Ciarán O'Reilly, the production will run through May 5 at the Off-Broadway company, with opening night set for March 24.

The production stars Peter Cormican (The Dead, 1904), Terry Donnelly (Two By Synge), Patrick Fitzgerald (Rebel in the Soul), Deirdre Madigan (Coal Country), David McElwee (A Man for All Seasons), Clare O’Malley (Pumpgirl), Ciarán O’Reilly (Juno and the Paycock), Tim Palmer (The Land of Promises), James Russell (A Touch of the Poet), A.J. Shively (A Man of No Importance), Emmet Smith (A Distinct Society), and John C. Vennema (A Touch of the Poet).

Philadelphia, Here I Come! was Friel’s first major success, premiering in 1964 at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, and transferring to Broadway two years later. Set in 1962, the bittersweet comedy revolves around the young Gar O’Donnell on the eve of his departure from Ireland to America.

The production will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Orla Long, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery and M. Florian Staab, and properties by Nicole Rozanski. April Ann Kline is the production stage manager and Jade Doina is the stage manager.


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