DruidMurphy--Plays by Tom Murphy
Written by Tom Murphy
Directed by Garry Hynes
"Urgent, visceral, and superbly acted.
Murphy is, I suspect, the greatest dramatist writing in English."
--Financial Times (London)
"Ferocious, often savagely entertaining. Five stars!
A monumental survey of an underrated playwright and of Ireland itself…attendance should be obligatory."
--Daily Telegraph (London)
"The acting is…visceral, precise, and saturated with raw wit and honest feeling. Ensemble work of the highest order."
--The New York Times
"Theatrical fireworks! Each play packs a wallop, figuratively and literally."
From Ireland's internationally renowned Druid Theatre Company comes DruidMurphy, the epic story of Irish emigration, from The Great Hunger of the 19th century to the "new" Ireland of the '70s, told through three plays by Tom Murphy.
In Conversations on a Homecoming, it's the 1970s and Michael, after a ten-year absence, suddenly returns to County Galway from New York and has a reunion with old friends in the small-town pub that is a magnet for dreamers.
Note: This performance contains some strong language.
The other DruidMurphy plays are A Whistle in the Dark and Famine. To purchase tickets (at a discounted price) for the full three-play cycle performed on October 20, visit the Full Cycle event page.
Crossing oceans and spanning decades, DruidMurphy explores what we mean when we call a place home and is a major celebration of one of Ireland's most respected living dramatists. Directed by Garry Hynes--"probably the foremost interpreter of Irish drama in the world today" (The New York Times)--this theater event promises to be one of Washington, DC's best of 2012.
Performance Timing: 1 hour, 50 minutes, with NO intermission.
Watch and Listen
Druid Murphy at The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center Theater Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Additional support for DruidMurphy is provided by Laura Pels and
The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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