Forgotten Kennedy, Rosemary, Comes to Life in Irish Rep Reading | Playbill

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News Forgotten Kennedy, Rosemary, Comes to Life in Irish Rep Reading Jim O'Connor's Rosemary, about the troubled sister of the American Kennedy brothers, will be read in Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series at 3 PM Feb. 27 in Manhattan.
Brian Kerwin
Brian Kerwin

Admission is free, but reservations are required, at (212) 727-2737 is required. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 W. 22nd Street. The reading cast includes John Behlmann (Journey's End, Ghosts), Kristin Griffith (The Master Builder), Lisa Joyce (That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play, Red Light Winter), Greg Keller (That Pretty Pretty), Brian Kerwin (August: Osage County) and Laura Odeh (Aristocrats, A Body of Water).

According to Irish Rep, "Rosemary is the story of a girl who only wants to fit in, and to please her father. The girl is Rosemary Kennedy. Her father, Joseph P. Kennedy, faces tough decisions as his daughter's fragile and unpredictable temperament continually disrupts his vision for the future. Innocence and ambition clash in this elemental family struggle. Rosemary's mother, Rose, and her siblings, Joe, Jr., Jack, and Kathleen, are all drawn into the family's unease. When war comes, the young Kennedys enter service. But Rosemary disappears from the family, forever. Rosemary Kennedy was given a lobotomy in 1941, and she remained in seclusion until her death in 2005. Rosemary dramatizes the world of her imagination and memory, and her place in the family before and after her brother Jack's presidency. We see her in her youth, in her solitude, and in a final tragic pact her father never bargained for."

An earlier draft of Rosemary won the 2002 Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding New Work for the PROP Theatre production at Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago.

O'Connor has seen his full-length work produced in small professional theatres in New York, Chicago, L.A., and Philadelphia, and in workshops and readings at the Chelsea, the Lion, Abingdon, Actors Studio, Working Man's Clothes, Capital Rep and others.

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