A Lost Irish Playwright is Found Onstage at RTR

A Lost Irish Playwright is Found Onstage at RTR
May 10th & 11th 2013
The work of newly-rediscovered Irish playwright Teresa Deevy premieres in Portland at Readers Theatre Repertory on May 10th-11th, with Mary McDonald-Lewis directing Light Falling and The King of Spain’s Daughter.“I found Deevy’s work in New York at the Mint Theatre,” says McDonald-Lewis. “That company’s mission is discovering lost and forgotten gems. Teresa Deevy’s work is one of those jewels.”In the first half of the 1930s Teresa Deevy, a deaf writer from a small city in the southeast of Ireland, was one of the most prolific and acclaimed female playwrights in the world. A contemporary of Lady Gregory, she was “the most important dramatist writing for the Irish theater,” fellow playwright Lennox Robinson wrote in The Dublin Magazine. Her work inspired the critic St. John Ervine to write in the London newspaper The Observer, “Miss Deevy may be a genius.”“Then, with her focus on women and sometimes sexuality, Irish censorship laws forced Deevy’s work offstage,” says McDonald-Lewis. “Her work all but disappeared. Until now.” Irish fiddler Brongaene Griffin will enrich the production with her music.The cast includes Shan Applegate, Foss Curtis, Lissie Huff, Sean Lamb, Sara McWilliams, Gary Powell, and Gretchen Rumbaugh, with Tom Slater as understudy.

RTR will also stage Deevy plays in its 14th season. More on this luminous, forgotten playwright can be found at http://vimeo.com/album/1644083

Lisa Huff as Annie Kinsella and Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks in The King of Spain's Daughter

Lisa Huff as Annie Kinsella and Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks in The King of Spain’s Daughter

Lissie Huff as Annie Kinsella, Sean Lamb as Jim Harris, Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks and Shan Applegate as Roddy Mann in The King of Spain's Daughter

Lissie Huff as Annie Kinsella, Sean Lamb as Jim Harris, Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks and Shan Applegate as Roddy Mann in The King of Spain’s Daughter

Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks, Gary Powell as Peter Kinsella, and Sean Lamb as Jim Harris in The King of Spain's Daughter

Gretchen Rumbaugh as Mrs. Marks, Gary Powell as Peter Kinsella, and Sean Lamb as Jim Harris in The King of Spain’s Daughter

Shan Applegate as Kenneth Leslie, Gary Powell as Pat Scully, Foss Curtis as Mary Scully Sara McWilliams as Ismay Leslie and Sean Lamb as John Scully in Light Falling

Shan Applegate as Kenneth Leslie, Gary Powell as Pat Scully, Foss Curtis as Mary Scully,  Sara McWilliams as Ismay Leslie and Sean Lamb as John Scully in Light Falling

Gary Powell as Pat Scully, Sean Lamb as John Scully, and Foss Curtis as Mary Scully in Light Falling

Gary Powell as Pat Scully, Sean Lamb as John Scully, and Foss Curtis as Mary Scully in Light Falling

Gary Powell as Pat Scully and Sara McWilliams as Ismay Leslie in Light Falling

Gary Powell as Pat Scully and Sara McWilliams as Ismay Leslie in Light Falling

Gary Powell as Pat Scully and Foss Curtis as Mary Scully in Light Falling.

Gary Powell as Pat Scully and Foss Curtis as Mary Scully in Light Falling.

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