One of Eugene O’Neill’s most celebrated works, ‘Mourning Becomes Electra’, will receive a staged reading in St Michael’s Theatre in New Ross, County Wexford on Saturday, 13th October. The seldom-produced play, will be the centrepiece of the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre, which is dedicated to the playwright’s work. Led by acclaimed director, Ben Barnes, this will be the first production in Ireland for many decades.
Curtains will rise in New Ross’ St Michael’s Theatre at 3.30pm on Saturday, 13th October for this unique production. The play will be staged in two parts, with dinner in between hosted at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre, the second part of the play commencing at 8pm.
The production will bring together an impressive cast from home and abroad, including: Andrea Irvine (Red Rock, Love/Hate), Mark O’Regan (most recently in the Gate’s Assassin, Father Ted & The Commitments), Andrew Holden (The Lonesome West at the Everyman, The Collector), Anthony Brophy (The Tudors, In the Name of the Father, Prime Suspect) and Judith Roddy (The Fall, Love is the Drug). US actors, Maria Guiver (Blackbird) and Donald Sage Mackay, (Tranformers II, Modern Family, The Good Wife) have also joined the cast for this special festival production.
A specially commissioned musical score has been composed by Irish singer and songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy, which will be performed by Eleanor and New Ross soprano, Clodagh Kinsella.
Other highlights of the Festival will include a staging of the play ‘Hughie’ as directed by Eric Hayes of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation in California and daily performances of The Glencairn Plays staged onboard the famine ship, ‘Dunbrody’.
Tickets to the festival weekend are available at €100. Tickets for individual events are also available, please see www.eugeneoneillfestival.com.