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A little background on DruidMurphy

Steven Suskin from Variety writes “All three plays hinge on Irish emigration, from different viewpoints. Set in the mid-1970s, Conversations on a Homecoming (1985) is a 10-year reunion of pals in a Cork pub, welcoming back a friend from an unsuccessful New York stint as an actor. The play’s sympathies can be found in a hallowed portrait of John F. Kennedy over the bar, which is not so subtly named the White House. A Whistle in the Dark (1961), Murphy’s first and most important play, is about an Irish emigrant living in London whose home is invaded by his brutal and sadistic father and brothers. Thematic centerpiece is Famine (1968), which traces the root problem of national identity to the Irish Potato Famine — and the resulting enforced emigrations — of the 1840s.”

Performances begin Wednesday night—don’t miss out on this epic theater event!

Three Tom Murphy plays over nigh-on 9 hours may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s still every reason to see Druid’s latest mini-season - each individual piece is a remarkable production, but all together they paint a haunting and evocative picture of recent Irish history that will leave you breathless. Famine is intensely tragic, but its power makes sure that it cannot be ignored. At the Hampstead Theatre.

Theatre: DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming & A Whistle in the Dark, Town Hall Theatre, Galway - April 12th – 20th

DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming & A Whistle in the Dark

Town Hall Theatre, Galway - April 12th – 20th

DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming

County Galway in the 1970s and even the humble small-town pub can be a magnet for dreamers. Now in his 30s, and over a long drinking session on a winter’s evening, Michael – recently returned from New York after a ten year absence – has a reunion with old friends in “The White House”. He was the one member among them who got away to live the dream and now he’s back.
 
DruidMurphy: A Whistle in the Dark

 It’s 1960 and Michael Carney is an Irish emigrant living in Coventry, England, with his new wife Betty. Michael has integrated well into English society, but the same can’t be said of his wild brothers who are lodging with him. Tensions boil over after the arrival of his father and youngest brother from home.

Presented in association with the NASC network and supported by an Arts Council touring grant.
Nightly at 8pm and matinee on Sunday April 14 and Saturday April 20 at 2pm

Tickets: Individual plays €25 / €22. Combination ticket offer (see both plays) €45 / €38
Website: THT.ie / druid.ie

Winner of Best Production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre awards, the theatrical highlight of 2012 is back! Hot on the heels of widespread international critical acclaim, Druid presents this rare opportunity to see these two remarkable plays by Tom Murphy in one week. Hailed by The New York Times as “epic theatre making”, by The Irish Times as “world-class”, The Daily Telegraph goes on to say “attendance should be obligatory”.

Performed by a cast of ten actors including award-winning actress Marie Mullen, Druid also welcomes the return of Maelíosa Stafford for this tour. See the shows individually or see both together with a special combination ticket offer.

This is a must-see event. DruidMurphy has already been a sell-out success on tour and is guaranteed to be the hot ticket again this season. Early booking advised.


Also touring nationally:
April: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

May: Dunamaise, Portlaoise. glor, Ennis. An Grianán, Letterkenny.

June: Backstage, Longford. Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.

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In the video above, director Garry Hynes gives an overview of the DruidMurphy performances - Famine, A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming - which begin this Thursday at Lincoln Center Festival.

 

(Photo by Catherine Ashmore)

"Through her unflinching productions of plays by Martin McDonagh and others, the director Garry Hynes bears as much responsibility as anyone for resetting the popular conception of Irish theater,” wrote The New York Times' Eric Grode in his recent review of the DruidMurphy performances. “The county names are just as mellifluous as before, but the plays now contain torturers and sociopaths.”

Tom Murphy's spectacular DruidMurphy plays — Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine — come to Lincoln Center Festival on July 5 through 14.

 

Druid Theatre Company actor Garrett Lombard (second from left) is going to have a busy summer performing key roles in all three of Tom Murphy's plays that make up DruidMurphy, coming to Lincoln Center Festival July 5-14, 2012

“There’s a great senses of excitement,” he says. “Everyone understands how important Tom Murphy is to Irish theatre so to be asked to be involved in this project that will be bringing Tom’s work around the world is a fantastic honour and we all understand the importance of the project we’re involved in. There’s a great sense of camaraderie and teamwork as a lot of us are in all three plays.” Read more of the Galway Advertiser's interview with Lombard by clicking the link above.

 

To complement the DruidMurphy performances at this year’s Lincoln Center Festival, Fordham University’s Institute of Irish Studies, The Galway University Foundation and the National University of Ireland, Galway, will host an all-day symposium on July 11 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at the Keogh Studio Theater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street at 9th Avenue.

Scholars and theater experts will discuss the enormous influence of Tom Murphy on Irish and American cultural memories of immigration and of famine. The afternoon of lectures and panels will culminate in an on-stage interview with Druid Theatre founders, Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. There are no reservations.

 

On Sunday, July 8 starting at 1pm, devotees of Irish playwright Tom Murphy's work can witness the full breadth of the DruidMurphy project with back-to-back performances of all three plays: Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine. Before heading in to see the Druid Theatre Company, check out this article by The Irish Times, which looks at the inspiration behind Murphy’s plays. The full cycle of plays will be repeated on Saturday, July 14. 

 

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Find out about all three plays of the DruidMurphy project - Famine, Conversations on a Homecoming and A Whistle in the Dark - in this video interview with director Garry Hynes. DruidMurphy comes to Lincoln Center Festival tonight in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

 

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Director Garry Hynes talks about the renowned playwright Tom Murphy, whose highly anticipated DruidMurphy plays come to Lincoln Center Festival tomorrow, in the video above. Famine, A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming will performed at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College through July 14.

 

(Photo by © Keith Pattison)

JUST RELEASED: Symposium on playwright Tom Murphy at Fordham University complements Lincoln Center Festival schedule

A highlight of Lincoln Center Festival will be DruidMurphy, three plays (Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine) by Tom Murphy, staged by Garry Hynes for Druid Theatre Company from July 5 to 14 in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. The plays will be performed by an ensemble cast of 16 actors, namely: Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh and Joseph Ward.

To complement these performances, Fordham University’s Institute of Irish Studies, The Galway University Foundation and the National University of Ireland, Galway will host an all-day symposium on July 11 from 1 to 6:30 PM at Keogh Studio Theater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street at Ninth Avenue. Scholars and theater experts will discuss the enormous influence of Tom Murphy on Irish and American cultural memories of immigration and of famine. The afternoon of lectures and panels will culminate in an on-stage interview with Druid Theatre founders, Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. There are no reservations.

(Read the entire press release here.)