MacKenzieRo presents The Canadian Premiere of
by Enda Walsh
StarringÂ Richard Greenblatt & Cathy Murphy, Directed by Autumn Smith
For the father and daughter who are the sole inhabitants of their suffocating and filthy quarters, language is nothing short of a basic biological function. An account of a life spent flogging three-piece suites and Swedish pine furniture becomes both feverish and blackly comic offering a beautifully judged glimpse of redemption.
“As fierce and frightening as it is brief and brusque….Think of Beckett, but Beckett with a broken bottle in his hand.”
“It holds the attention magnetically….Not for the squeamish or the faint at heart.” Irish Times
“Hypnotic and emotionally shattering…an uncomfortable, unforgettable tour de force.”
The Daily Telegraph
“A whiskey shot of a play [that] emerges as a genuine and bracing original among the already well-stocked shelves
of word-drunk Irish plays.”
Following on the five star success of DISCO PIGS, MacKenzieRo once again brings you the playwright sending shivers through London, Dublin, and New York-it’s Toronto’s turn for Enda Walsh, the most ferocious new voice in contemporary Irish theatre. Walsh’s work has been staged by London’s National and Royal Court Theatres, the Traverse, Druid, New York’s Irish Repertory Company, and companies in Australia, Berlin, and Poland. Wash has won the Scotsman Edinburgh First Fringe Award for three of his plays. In 2008 his screenplay Hunger won the Camera d’Or for Best New Feature at Cannes, six IFTA Awards, and several BAFTA nominations.
Richard Greenblatt (2 Pianos 4 Hands, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, The Gladstone Variations, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot) joins MacKenzieRo in a fierce and terrifying role that conjures up a collision between Willy Loman and Macbeth.
MacKenzieRo produces works from the contemporary scripts of Ireland and the UK with a focus on introducing works that are not yet well-known to Canadian audiences and a particular interest in the in-yer-face Irish playwrights. Press for MacKenzieRo: NNNNN “Complex, gut-wrenching, in your face” (NOW); “Absorbing theatre rendered with exquisite care” (Classic FM); “Direct[ed] with invention and imagination” (CBC); “Too volatile to forget” (EYE); “Thrillingly theatrical” (NOW)
April 30th-May17th 2009
8PM (weekdays and Saturdays) & 2:30 PM (Sundays)
Tarragon Studio Upstairs 30 Bridgman Avenue
Tickets: $20, Sundays PWYC
Box Office: 416-531-1827 tickets.tarragontheatre.com