Sean O'Casey's The Shadow of a Gunman Begins at Irish Rep

Off-Broadway News   Sean O'Casey's The Shadow of a Gunman Begins at Irish Rep
The first play in the company's O'Casey Cycle begins performances January 30.
Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly
Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly Marc J. Franklin

Irish Repertory Theatre launches its anniversary production of The O'Casey Cycle—three plays by celebrated Irish playwright Sean O'Casey—with its production of The Shadow of a Gunman, directed by co-artistic director Ciarán O’Reilly. The revival will be joined by repertory productions of Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars later in the season, with all three plays continuing through May 25.

Sean O'Casey
Sean O'Casey Wolfgang Suschitzky

Performances of The Shadow of a Gunman begin January 31. In O'Casey's 1923 drama, aspiring poet Donal Davoren is mistaken for an IRA assassin as the Irish War of Independence rages in the streets of Dublin.


The cast is led by James Russell as Donal; he is joined by Una Clancy as Mrs. Henderson, Terry Donnelly as Mrs. Grigson, Rory Duffy as Mr. Maguire, Meg Hennessy as Minnie Powell, John Keating as Adolphus Grigson, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Mr. Gallogher, Ed Malone as Tommy Owens, Michael Mellamphy as Seumas Shields, and Harry Smith as Mr. Mulligan/Auxiliary.

Juno and the Paycock, the second play in The O'Casey Cycle, will be directed by Neil Pepe and will begin performances March 9. The Plough and the Stars will be directed by co-artistic director Charlotte Moore and will begin performances April 20.

All three productions feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Linda Fisher and David Toser, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by Ryan Rumery and M. Florian Staab, and properties by Deirdre Brennan. April Ann Kline and Arthur Atkinson serve as production stage managers.

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