A Hero of the Age of Exploration Is De-Thawed in NYC Premiere, Tom Crean, July 17-Sept. 9 | Playbill

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News A Hero of the Age of Exploration Is De-Thawed in NYC Premiere, Tom Crean, July 17-Sept. 9 Writer-performer Aidan Dooley's Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer will make its New York City debut July 17 in a staging at Irish Repertory Theatre.

Crean (1877-1938) is considered one of Ireland's unsung heroes, according to production notes. His world "is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance."

Opening is July 22. Performances continue to Sept. 9.

Expect "riveting true stories of Crean's Antarctic explorations" from "one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three legendary expeditions: Discovery (1901-1904), Terra Nova (1910-1913) and Endurance (1914-1916)."

Crean's "solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova Expedition to rescue his comrades" has been described as "the finest feat of individual heroism in the entire age of exploration."

This award-winning one-man show has toured throughout Ireland and internationally for the past three years. Its U.K. premiere was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a Fringe First Award. Aidan Dooley is from Galway in the west of Ireland. He trained at Guilford School of Acting London and works as a freelance actor, writer and director in London.

Performances will play Irish Rep's home at 132 West 22nd Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $60 and $55 and can be purchased by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre box office at (212) 727-2737. For more information, visit www.irishrep.org.


Aidan Dooley is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

This staging is produced in association with Northern Stage Fairbank Productions, and Play On Word Theatre. This production is supported by Culture Ireland.

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