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DruidMurphy: Famine

The villagers of Glanconnor face the real prospect of starvation as the second crop of potatoes fails in 1846. Presented by Tony-winning Druid Theatre Company as part of a three-play cycle of works by renowned Irish dramatist Tom Murphy.

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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."
--Variety

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 Famine, the villagers of Glanconnor in the west of Ireland face the real prospect of starvation as the second crop of potatoes fails in 1846.

Note: This performance contains some strong content.
 
The other DruidMurphy plays are A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming. 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. Told over the course of three evenings--one play each night--and 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:  Act I - 82 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 62 min..

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Druid Murphy at The Kennedy Center

Tony Award–winning Druid Theatre Company presents the story of Irish emigration through a three-play cycle of works by renowned Irish dramatist Tom Murphy—Famine, A Whistle in the Dark, and Conversations on a Homecoming.

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