Irish Rep Season Includes Julian Sands Making NYC Debut Reflecting on Harold Pinter, Directed by John Malkovich
By Kenneth Jones
Irish Repertory Theatre's upcoming 25th season will offer the work of Brian Friel and Harold Pinter, songs by Phil Coulter, and the artistry of actor Julian Sands and directors Ciarán O'Reilly and John Malkovich.
The Off-Broadway company's season opens Oct. 3 with Friel's The Freedom of the City, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly on the Rep mainstage on West 22nd Street. At the same time, starting Oct. 10, actor Julian Sands ("A Room With a View," "The Killing Fields") will make his New York stage debut in the smaller W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre in A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by Malkovich, and previously seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
"With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together," according to IRT, "Julian Sands combines Harold Pinter's poems and political prose to create a very fresh and intimate insight into the Nobel Laureate's literary legacy."
An additional Christmas show will be announced for the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre. More shows will be announced for spring 2013.
Here's the Irish Rep season at a glance:
The Freedom of the City
The production features set design by Charlie Corcoran; costume design by David Toser; sound design by Ryan Rumery; lighting design by Michael Gottlieb. Additional designers and casting are to be announced.
A Celebration of Harold Pinter
Nobel Prize-winning author Harold Pinter's writing career spanned more than 50 years. The influential British dramatist penned Betrayal, No Man's Land, Old Times, The Caretaker, The Birthday Party, A Kind of Alaska and The Homecoming.
Academy Award nominee John Malkovich ("Places in the Heart," "In the Line of Fire") directed Broadway revivals of The Caretaker and Arms and the Man, and won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards for his direction of Balm in Gilead.
The Songs I Love So Well
For more information about The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 W. 22nd Street) and its upcoming season, visit irishrep.org.
Currently at Irish Repertory Theatre, with performances extended through Sept. 14, is Bob Merrill and George Abbott's New Girl in Town, a musical based on Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, directed by artistic director Charlotte Moore.
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