THE WEIR NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15TH ONLY
DIRECTED BY CIARÁN O’REILLY
BILLY CARTER, SEAN GORMLEY, JOHN KEATING,
MARY McCANN, AND PAUL O’BRIEN
NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15TH ONLY
AT IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE (132 WEST 22ND STREET, NYC)
The Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director, and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director) proudly presents the critically-acclaimed revival of THE WEIR by Conor McPherson, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly. The thrice-extended production, which opened on May 23rd, will continue at the Irish Repertory’s Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage (132 West 22nd Street) through Sunday, September 15th.
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own . . . Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR is a haunting, evocative evening in the theatre you will never forget.
THE WEIR premiered at London’s The Royal Court prior to transferring to the West End in 1997 and Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in 1999. It won the Lawrence Olivier Award as Best New Play of 1997-98. In a poll conducted by the Royal National Theatre, THE WEIR was voted one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th Century.
The cast of THE WEIR features Billy Carter (A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN), Sean Gormley (THE SHAUGHRAUN), John Keating (ARISTOCRATS), Mary McCann (BLUEBIRD at Atlantic Theatre Company, where she is a founding member), and Paul O’Brien (MAN AND SUPERMAN). Ms. McCann and Mr. O’Brien joined the company on July 16th, replacing Tessa Klein and Dan Butler, respectively.
THE WEIR features set design by Charlie Corcoran; lighting design by Michael Gottlieb; costume design by Leon Dobkowski; and sound design by Drew Levy. The Production Stage Manager is Jeff DaVolta and the Assistant Stage Manager is Fran Acuña-Almiron.
Critical praise for THE WEIR . . .
“I still can’t help but be moved by this bittersweet and melancholy work; it’s sure to move many others as well. THE WEIR invites us to re-examine the theater, and to ask ourselves what we seek from stories and those who tell them. The most convincing ensemble of any of the versions I’ve seen, on a set that’s wonderfully intimate.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES (CRITIC’S PICK, Jaworowski)
“An elegant, funny, moving distillation and celebration of the uniquely Irish way with words. Seamless.”
– THE NEW YORKER (Marks)
“As potent a dram of pure theater as one could ask for.”
– NEW YORK MAGAZINE (Brown)
“THE WEIR proves to be a profound meditation on the twin themes of loneliness and community, told so theatrically that you’ll savor each peat-scented phrase.”
– THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Teachout)
For shivers, laughs and a night of master storytelling, you cannot top THE WEIR.
We’re in the midst of a hot, sticky summer, and there’s no better A/C than the chill going up your spine.
TIME OUT NEW YORK (CRITIC’S PICK/5-STAR REVIEW, Cote) / “NY-1 ONSTAGE”
“A taut, effective revival. McPherson’s deft language and compassionate view of human foibles, combined with O’Reilly’s discerning direction,
allows each character to reveal their distinctive differences.”
– ASSOCIATED PRESS
“THE WEIR has a power that sneaks up on you like a stealthy specter. Excellent performances.”
– NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (Dziemianowicz)
“Under Ciarán O’Reilly’s sensitive direction, this troupe of fine actors delivers the goods, keeping us rapt, occasionally amused, and decidedly chilled. THE WEIR is also a grand testament to the power of storytelling and imagination. Even if you’re not inclined to believe in ghosts and fairies, you might reconsider your prejudices by the end.”
– THEATERMANIA .COM (Lipton)
“Devastating and heartening.”
-IRISH EXAMINER (Orel)
One of the leading contemporary Irish playwrights, Conor McPherson received Tony nominations for SHINING CITY and THE SEAFARER. His plays also include DUBLIN CAROL, RUM AND VODKA, THE GOOD THIEF, THIS LIME TREE BOWER, PORT AUTHORITY, COME ON OVER, an adaptation of THE BIRDS, and ST. NICHOLAS, presented at Irish Repertory Theatre in 2010. His screenplays include “The Actors” and “The Eclipse,” which he also directed, and “I Went Down.”
Director Ciarán O’Reilly helmed the company’s recent productions of Brian Friel’s THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY and Eugene O’Neill’s BEYOND THE HORIZON and THE EMPEROR JONES (Joseph A Callaway Award winner for Direction; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Audelco nominations). As an actor, he co-starred in Irish Repertory’s 2011 revivals of Brian Friel’s DANCING AT LUGHNASA and MOLLY SWEENEY.
Co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O’Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. The mission of the theatre was and remains to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. Ms. Moore and Mr. O’Reilly received a 2013 Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award in recognition of Irish Repertory Theatre’s twenty-five years of producing outstanding theatre.
Performances of THE WEIR run through September 15 at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). THE WEIR plays Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.
Tickets to THE WEIR are $55 and $65, and are available by calling 212-727-2737, or online at www.irishrep.org.
For more information, visit www.irishrep.org.