Irish Repertory Theatre announces fall in-person season

The new season will mark the theatre's first return to in-person programming since the start of the pandemic.

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Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its fall 2021 season, including four in-person productions and one virtual audio event. When the first show premieres on October 8, it will be the theatre's first in-person production since the pandemic began.

The first show of the season is the North American premiere of Kevin Barry's Autumn Royal, beginning previews October 8 ahead of an October 18 opening. The dark comedy play follows a son, Timmy, and daughter, May, who, after caring for their long-bedridden father for a long time, wonder whether to leave him and resume their own lives. The cast includes Maeve Higgins as May and John Keating as Timmy, and Ciarán O’Reilly will direct. Autumn Royal will run through November 21.

Following Autumn Royal ​is A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, based on Eimear McBride's novel and adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan. The story follows the inner narrative of a girl seeking to make sense of the poverty and Catholic religion that surrounds her during her childhood Ireland, beginning when she is a child until she is 20. Nicola Murphy directs Jenn Murray in the lead role beginning November 10. Opening night is November 18, and the show will run through December 12.

Next is Charlotte Moore's adaptation of Dion Boucicault's 19th century drama The Streets of New York. Moore also directs and provides music for the production, which first premiered at Irish Repertory Theatre in 2002 and received two Drama League Award nominations. Previews begin December 4 and opening night is December 14, and the show will run through January 30, 2022. Cast and creative team have yet to be announced.

In addition to these full productions, Irish Repertory Theatre will stage a one-night-only reading of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband on September 27. It will also stream an audio drama, Bikeman, adapted from Thomas F. Flynn's same-named book in which he recounts firsthand the events of 9/11 as he witnessed them. The stream will be available on demand from September 11-18.

Tickets to Irish Repertory Theatre's season will be available soon.