Thoms, Applegate, Hartman and More Will Bring Civil War NYC to Life in Banished Children Reading

News   Thoms, Applegate, Hartman and More Will Bring Civil War NYC to Life in Banished Children Reading
The Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series will present Kelly Younger's adaptation, Banished Children of Eve, a Civil War-era drama set in New York City and based on the novel by Peter Quinn, June 5 in Manhattan.

Irish Rep's producing director Ciarán O'Reilly will direct the 3 PM reading of this Irish Rep commission. The presentation is the culmination of a two-day developmental workshop.

Admission is free, but a reservation is suggested at (212) 727-2737.

The reading will feature Fred Applegate (Happiness, Young Frankenstein), David Wilson Barnes (Becky Shaw, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Muiris Crowley (The Yeats Project), Mark Hartman (Avenue Q, Finian's Rainbow), Michelle Hurst ("SherryBaby," The Story), Nicola Murphy (The Yeats Project), Aaron Shaw ("In Treatment") and Tracie Thoms (10 Things To Do Before I Die, Rent).

According to Irish Rep notes, "Set in New York City during the Civil War years, Banished Children of Eve echoes with Stephen Foster songs and the disparate voices of immigrants, minstrel actors, hucksters, and domestic servants whose lives all intersect. As tensions surrounding emigration, war, and racial strife reach a flashpoint and rush toward the fatal Draft Riots, the characters are drawn together in a net of violence and fear, longing and hope."

Younger is an award-winning playwright with work staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, throughout the Midwest and South, as well as in Canada, England, and Ireland. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Playwrights Unit, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild of America. Currently, Younger is developing a full-length, time-bending, romantic comedy called Rorschach that recently had a reading in New York. His plays include I Think You Think I Love You (Playscripts; Smith and Kraus anthology "Best Plays of 2005"); Forgive Me, Father (JAC publishing); Lady Gregory's Ingredients (JAC publishing), winner of the Ireland National Lady Gregory Playwriting Award; Off Compass, winner of the 2007 John Gassner New Play Award; Once a Marine; Epiphany Cake; and Why Wyoming. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and a PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is currently an associate professor of English at Loyola Marymount University where he leads workshops in playwriting and teaches courses in dramatic literature.


The New Works Reading Series will be on summer hiatus until September. All readings are at 3 PM unless otherwise noted and are located at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street).

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