The cast includes Bianca Amato (The Broken Heart, Arcadia); Rachel Botchan (The Philanderer, The Bald Soprano); Alex Draper (A Map of Virtue, Terrorism); Roberta Maxwell (The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters); Brian McManamon (It or Her, "Gossip Girl"); Drew McVety (Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George); Rocco Sisto (Seminar, Measure for Measure); David Sitler (Beyond the Horizon, Frost/Nixon); and Mickey Sumner (Tomorrow Morning, "The Borgias"). Here's how IRT characterizes the work: "16 Possible Glimpses flashes through the life of Chekhov, the master storyteller, master playwright, doctor, lover, brother, son. A kaleidoscope of dialogues and images — tea and vodka, petal-filled gardens, oceans of champagne, a black monk traveling through time — reveal a life in which eternity is the only thing worth talking about: a poetic imagining of the life of a brilliant man."
Born in 1964, playwright Marina Carr was brought up in County Offaly. She graduated from University College, Dublin in 1987. Plays for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, include 16 Possible Glimpses, Marble, Ullaloo, The Mai, Portia Coughlan, By the Bog of Cats, Ariel and Meat and Salt. Other plays include Phaedra Backwards (McCarter), On Raftery's Hill (Druid/Royal Court), Low in the Dark (Project Arts Centre), Woman and Scarecrow (Royal Court), The Cordelia Dream (RSC) and The Giant Blue Hand (The Ark).
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