Tony Winner Maryann Plunkett, James Russell, and More Tapped for Irish Rep's Sean O’Casey Cycle

Off-Broadway News   Tony Winner Maryann Plunkett, James Russell, and More Tapped for Irish Rep's Sean O’Casey Cycle
Co-Artistic Director Ciarán O’Reilly will also appear in one of the three works on offer this winter and spring.
Maryann Plunkett Marc J. Franklin

Irish Repertory Theatre returns to the play—and the playwright—that started it all, with a revival of the Off-Broadway company's first-ever production: Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. The revival will be one of three O'Casey works on offer as part of the O'Casey Cycle, beginning with The Shadow of a Gunman.

Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly
Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly Marc J. Franklin


In The Shadow of a Gunman, which begins performances January 31, aspiring poet Donal Davoren is mistaken for an IRA assassin as the Irish War of Independence rages in the streets of Dublin. Co-Artistic Director Ciarán O’Reilly directs.

The cast will be 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, James Russell as Donal Davoren, and Harry Smith as Mr. Mulligan/Auxiliary.

Next up, O’Reilly will take to the stage as Da in Juno and the Paycock, the second play in The O'Casey Cycle. Directed by Neil Pepe, performances will begin March 9 and run in repertory with The Shadow of a Gunman. Also joining the cast are Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett (The Lucky Ones) and Sarah Street (Rebel in the Soul).

Both Plunkett and Street will also appear in The Plough and the Stars, the third and final play in the O'Casey retrospective, directed by Co-Artistic Director Charlotte Moore. Performances will begin April 20, with all three plays running in repertory through May 25.

Additional casting for The Plough and the Stars will be announced at a later date.

The O’Casey Cycle will also feature free readings of all of O’Casey’s other plays, as well as symposiums, lectures, film screenings, a musical evening, and two exhibitions.

The productions will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran (On Beckett), costume design by Linda Fisher (Three Small Irish Masterpieces) and David Toser (It’s A Wonderful Life), lighting design by Michael Gottlieb (A Child’s Christmas in Wales), sound design by Ryan Rumery (The Seafarer) and M. Florian Staab (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever), and properties by Deirdre Brennan (The Dead, 1904). April Ann Kline (It’s A Wonderful Life) and Arthur Atkinson (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) will serve as production stage managers.

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