The third of Sean O'Casey's Dublin plays, The Plough and the Stars, rounds out the trilogy now playing in rep through June 22, 2019, at Irish Repertory Theatre. What a rare opportunity to see all three plays in such close proximity and get a sense of Casey's growth as a writer. Please do take advantage of this gift that Irish Rep has put together as it's likely this may never be seen again in... Read more
The Plough and the Stars
Irish Repertory Theatre presents The Plough and the Stars, directed by Charlotte Moore, as part of its 30th Anniversary Sean O'Casey Season.
Irish Rep's O’Casey Cycle consists of his three best-known works in repertory - The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars. Each play will be presented in an individual run in the order in which they were written, culminating in a month of all three works in repertory.
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Pretty young newlywed Nora Clitheroe is the talk of her tenement as she tirelessly works to lift her family out of their impoverished circumstances. She tries to keep her husband Jack from the revolutionary fervor sweeping through Dublin. But Jack becomes a Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army, and when the Easter Rising of 1916 begins, he leaves a pregnant Nora to help lead the fight. The disparate, quarrelsome tenement residents are forced to shelter together as urban warfare makes their home nearly as treacherous as the streets. Passions and ideals rise and converge, but in the end, loss and devastation triumph over the promise of a new Ireland.