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DruidO’Casey: Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy
The Plough and the Stars
The Shadow of a Gunman
Juno and the Paycock
Directed by Garry Hynes
One of the greatest stories ever told.
A century ago, Ireland was reborn in the fires of rebellion and war. The playwright Sean O’Casey bore witness to these seismic events and dramatized them as the Dublin Trilogy, three great works of Irish theatre, full of history, humanity and humor. 100 years later, the internationally acclaimed theater company Druid will weave O’Casey’s three plays into an epic theatrical event of conflict, national identity and the human toll of war, DruidO’Casey.
Audiences will experience O’Casey’s work as never before: directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, a company of 18 actors will perform the three plays in one day, drawing parallels between an Irish past and an international present. Watch all six-hours of the play in one day (with plenty of breaks!) on Saturday, October 7; Wednesday, October 11; or Saturday, October 14. Or, buy a weeknight package, and watch the trilogy as single-play performances over the course of three nights. Dinner specials at partner restaurants will be available throughout the run.
DruidO’Casey begins with The Plough and the Stars, the story of newlyweds Jack and Nora Clitheroe living in a city on the brink of rebellion in 1916. In The Shadow of a Gunman, Donal Davoren, Seumas Shields and Minnie Powell find themselves tragically tangled up in the Irish War of Independence. The saga ends with Juno and the Paycock and the Boyle family who see their fortunes dashed amidst the upheaval of the Irish Civil War.
DruidO’Casey follows the company’s previous internationally acclaimed play cycles: DruidSynge (2005), DruidMurphy (2012) and DruidShakespeare (2015). For more information on DruidO’Casey, visit www.druid.ie
This North American Premiere is presented in partnership with The Public Theater.
TRILOGY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
1pm, The Plough and the Stars, 2 hours and 30 minutes (with intermission)
4:30pm, The Shadow of a Gunman, 1 hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)
8pm, Juno and the Paycock, 2 hours and 15 minutes (with intermission)
Trilogy total run time: Approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes plus intermissions and breaks.
The Plough and the Stars
2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission
The Shadow of a Gunman
1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission
Juno and the Paycock
2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission
Exclusive to ticket holders for DruidO’Casey, our restaurant partners have special offers and discounts for same-day ticket holders. We encourage booking dinner reservations between 6:15pm and 6:30pm on Marathon days (October 7, 11, & and 14). Please reach out to restaurants directly for reservations.
Join us after the performance on October 12 for a post-show conversation with director Garry Hynes, NYU Professor John Waters, and members of the cast.
Sean O’Casey (Playwright) was born in Dublin in 1880 and lived through troubled and turbulent times; the 1913 Lock-out and Strike, the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Sean O’Casey was involved directly with the Lock-out and Strike, starving with his fellow workers, and like many other Dubliners, he saw and was affected by the horrors of the Rising and the troubles that followed. When he was forty he wrote three plays within three years depicting the lives of the slum dwellers he was familiar with; The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. These plays now stand with the great plays of the Twentieth Century.
Garry Hynes (Director) co-founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Garry has also worked with the Abbey and Gate Theatres (Ireland) and internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (U.K.); and with Atlantic Theater, New York City Center Encores!, Second Stage, Signature Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York; and with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her many awards include a 1998 Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the first woman in history to win this award.
Druid Theatre Company, founded in 1975 and based in Galway, began as a bold idea: to create Ireland’s first professional theatre company outside of the country’s capital, Dublin. Druid has been a leading force in Irish theatre for almost five decades and is one of the best-known Irish theatre companies in the English-speaking world. The company has won international acclaim and numerous awards, including four 1998 Tony awards.
Gabriel Adewusi, Tara Cush, Zara Devlin, Caitríona Ennis, Hilda Fay, Tommy Harris, Anna Healy, Liam Heslin, Bosco Hogan, Sean Kearns, Sophie Lenglinger, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Sarah Morris, Rory Nolan, Robbie O’Connor, Marty Rea, Catherine Walsh
Director: Garry Hynes
Set and Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Co-Costume Design: Clíodhna Hallissey
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Sound Design: Gregory Clarke
Movement Director: David Bolger
Composer and Musical Director: Conor Linehan
Casting Director: Amy Rowan
Hair and Make-Up Design: Gráinne Coughlan
Associate Director: Sarah Baxter
Assistant Director: Katie O’Halloran
Assistant Lighting Designer: Suzie Cummins
US Tour Booker: Pemberley Productions
Artwork: “Attention” by Mick O’Dea
Druid gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.
This project was made possible in part with the generous support of Glucksman Ireland House.
NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FACE Contemporary Theater and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), programs of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Korean Cultural Center New York, Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.