By Conor McPherson
The play is directed by Alejandra Gutierrez.
Performances in the Jubilee Cottage of Goodwood Museum
Celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson wrote the script as an adaptation of the same Daphne du Maurier short story that Alfred Hitchcock used for his screenplay in the notorious film of the same name starring Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette. The play, first performed in McPherson’s hometown of Dublin, is more faithful to the post-apocalyptic tone of the original story. Diane, Nat, and Julia are strangers who seek refuge from the omnipresent threat of birds, who have as a species apparently turned enemies of humans. The vision of Director Alejandra Gutierrez focuses on the effect of the extreme stress of this environment on the human psyche and on human behavior. Technical wizardry will surround the Jubilee Cottage with the birds' ominous sounds. With a stellar cast that includes veteran actors Erika Stone and Nathan Williamson, this performance promises to be deeply stirring and thought-provoking.
February 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 2022
The performance will last approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.
The Freedom of the City
by Brian Friel
To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday, the Irish Repertory Theater of Tallahassee will perform this heartfelt version of the protests and their aftermath that fateful day.
Michael, Lily, and Skinner accidentally stumble into a government building while fleeing tear gas and water cannons at a civil rights demonstration. Awed by the luxury of the room, they are unaware that rumors are flying outside. The police and British Army gather around the building, convinced that it is being held by a group of armed terrorists, as Michael, Lily, and Skinner slowly realize their predicament.
Performances in the fall of 2022.
Stones in his Pockets
by Marie Jones
This production will be featured at IRT's annual Bloomsday Festival at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. The play, written by Belfast-based playwright Marie Jones and winner of the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, is a by turns comical and dramatic look at what it's like to be a local extra on the set of an American film on location in rural Ireland.
Performances coming 2023
Illustration by Emily Shelton
By George Bernard Shaw
Meet Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl, as she is taken under the wing of that master of dialects, Henry Higgins. (Yes, My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison is based on Pygmalion.) Higgins, in his brash, egotistical way, promises to take Eliza out of the gutter and transform her into a “a duchess at an ambassador's garden party”. And Eliza learns her lessons all too well, and challenges her teacher to be the kind of person he has taught her to be. It is a delightful commentary on the meaning of class and an unrepentant patriarch, filled with hilarious characters, who don’t think they’re funny.
Performance dates to be announced soon.