Irish Arts Center in association with Landmark Productions presents Tall Tales Theatre Company / Solstice Arts Centre production of These Halcyon Days
May 7 – June 2
May 7 – May 12 Tuesday – Friday | 8 pm
Saturday | 2 pm and 8 pm Sunday | 3 pm
May 15 – June 2 Wednesday – Friday | 8 pm
Saturday | 2 pm and 8 pm Sunday | 3 pm
(please note there is no performance on Sunday, May 26th)
It took a while. But they found each other.
“Kinahan could ask for no better actors than Stephen Brennan and Anita Reeves to bring her characters to life” - The Irish Times
“The performances are stellar, and Kinahan's message is an important one” - Evening Herald
“a wonderful balance between humour and poignancy…a rich blend of both unintentional hilarity and insightful wit” – entertainment.ie
Seán sits alone in a nursing-home conservatory, abandoned to his memories, when in
storms Patricia, a feisty woman with a zest for life and handsome men in wheelchairs.
A wary intimacy soon develops between the two—an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny.
Writer of critically acclaimed international plays Moment and Bogboy (IAC, 2011), Deirdre Kinahan returns to the Irish Arts Center with a new drama that is infused with her hallmark wry humor and humanity. These Halcyon Days is a funny, touching, life-affirming play about facing our fears and bucking against despair. It features remarkable performances by two of Ireland’s leading actors, Stephen Brennan and Anita Reeves.
These Halcyon Days was originally produced by Tall Tales Theatre Company and Solstice Arts Centre, and had its sold-out premiere during the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival.
Admission: $28 member / $35 non-member
Artist Talk Back
Friday, May 10
Following the 8 pm performance, join us for an artist talk back with playwright Deirdre Kinahan.
Following the 8 pm performance, join us for an artist talk back with NYT Critic’s Pick playwright Deirdre Kinahan, hosted by Annie MacRae from the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Annie MacRae has been involved with Manhattan Theatre Club for eight seasons. Annie began as an intern in the Literary Department and has been the Play Development Assistant, Associate/Sloan Project Manager and is now the Literary Manager/Sloan Project Manager. Annie is responsible for making programming recommendations for all of MTC’s stages. In addition to her responsibilities administering MTC’s partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she also runs MTC’s Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Reading Series. She has worked as a Literary Assistant at Bret Adams Ltd theatrical agency and was an Artistic Intern at Signature. Annie has served as a dramaturg and a script reader for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.
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"TOUCHING... KINAHAN COULD ASK FOR NO BETTER ACTORS"
- The Irish Times
"FOR ONCE YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE A PLAY GO LONGER!"
- The New York Times praises the “strong,” “finely-etched” performances from Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan
A LOVELY, UNDERSTATED MARVEL… there's more humanity and smarts in one scene of kinahan's play than I’ve witnessed in the last 10 years of contemporary playwriting.” - Irish Voice
“A TREAT TO WATCH TWO OF IRELAND’S BEST-KNOWN ACTORS”
- Irish Echo
“OUTSTANDING!” - Times Square Chronicle
“GO AND SEE IT AND BE MOVED BY A PERFECT PRODUCTION” - Irish Voice
KINAHAN'S CHARACTERS ARE "MEANINGFUL, HEARTWARMING ... INVIGORATING
... KINAHAN … EXPLORES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN." - The Irish Examiner
Deirdre Kinahan has been steadily building a reputation as one of Ireland’s best and most popular playwrights. A storyteller through and through, her characters are finely drawn and she has been described as “a ferociously funny and unexpectedly shattering writer” (Metro, London). Plays that have contributed to her growing international reputation include Moment, which was a big success at the Bush Theatre in London last year; Hue and Cry and Bogboy, both of which were similarly acclaimed in New York.
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. It makes wide-ranging and ambitious work in Ireland and abroad and was last in New York City for the U.S. premiere, in conjunction with Galway Arts Festival, of Enda Walsh’s Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
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