Set during a single day in rural Ireland in 1878, a drama that follows the aftermath of a doctor’s Darwin-inspired experiments on the locals.
From the producers: In the hot Donegal August of 1878, the fruits of Colonialism and the ambiguities of loyalty are tested within the background of impossible love. Christopher Gore, the liberal minded Anglo-Irish landlord and his son, David, reside at The Lodge with their “chatelaine” Margaret, with whom they are both in love. Christopher’s cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory: by measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes…demonstrating their inferior place in the natural order. Set in the era of the rumblings of violence and uncertainty at the dawn of The Home Rule movement, Brian Friel explores the aftermath of Dr. Gore’s experiment as deep animosity is dangerously ignited amongst the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.
Irish playwright Brian Friel is considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an "Irish Chekhov" and described as "the universally accented voice of Ireland." His plays have been compared favorably to those of contemporaries such as Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter and Tennessee Williams "The Home Place" debuted at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 2005.
The cast includes Logan Riley Bruner, Andrea Lynn Green, Johnny Hopkins, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Ed Malone, Polly McKie, Rachel Pickup, Stephen Pilkington, Christopher Randolph, Gordon Tashjian and John Windsor-Cunningham. Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore directs.What is the Irish Rep?
Occasionally, a group of artists finds a large room somewhere in the city, and settles down there for a decade or so to stage the plays that they like, in the manner that they enjoy making them. That's the case here. Though it's one of the smaller shops among the long-running Off-Broadway companies, these folks have been staging Irish drama in these rooms for 25 years, and the enjoyment can be infectious. More here