Pat Moylan, Donal Shiels, Breda Cashe, in association with Lane Productions and MCD
By John B Keane
Directed by Joe Dowling
Staring Brian Dennehy
The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Thursday 13 January 2011 for a STRICTLY LIMITED RUN
Tickets on sale now
"We're paupers but isn't it better to be a pauper and have a clean conscience about your debts?"
The producers are delighted to announce their forthcoming production of John B Keane’s award-winning play, The Field. It will be directed by Joe Dowling with Brian Dennehy performing the iconic role of ‘The Bull’ McCabe. The play returns to The Olympia Theatre where it premiered over 45 years ago and will run from January 13 through to 12 February and will transfer to the INEC, Killarney for 3 nights only on 15,16,17 Feb.
The Field captivated audiences in 1965 and has been doing so ever since. Its dark story burrows deep into the heart of rural Ireland in the late 50’s. At its core is the enduring link between the Irish people and ‘the land’. It is based on the true story of the 1959 murder of Moss Moore, a bachelor farmer. His neighbour, Dan Foley, with whom Moore had a long-standing dispute over a right of way, was believed to have committed the murder. Foley’s family denied the charge and no one was ever brought to justice. The play does not hide from the truth and the dark portrayal of life in North Kerry has struck a cord with audiences throughout the world.
JOHN B KEANE was born in Listowel, Co Kerry in 1928. He published forty-six works, but is best known for his plays which inlcude Sive; Sharon’s Grave; The Man from Clare; The Year of the Hiker; The Field (which was adapted as a film); Many Young Men of Twenty; Big Maggie; Moll; The Crazy Wall; The Buds of Ballybunion; The Chastitute; and Faoiseamh. His novels are The Bodhran Makers; Durango; The Contractors; A High Meadow. He has published many books of humourous essays and letters, including Letters of a T.D.; Love Bites, and Owl Sandwiches. He has published one book in Irish, Dan Pheadí Aíndí. His biography is Man of the Triple Name. He died in 2002 aged 73 years.
JOE DOWLING is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA since 1995. He is also well-known in Ireland for his work as Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre and The Gaiety Theatre and has directed plays in London, New York, Wasington D.C. and Montreal. He has been long connected with Irish theatre having founded Ireland's premiere drama school, the Gaiety School of Acting. He served as artistic director of the Irish Theatre Company and the Peacock theatre and founded the Young Abbey, Ireland's first theater-in-education group. Directing credits include: Philadelphia, Here I Come! London Assurance, Tartuffe, and Juno and the Paycock (Broadway),A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Playboy of the Western World, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Borstal Boy, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Amadeus, Hamlet, The Real Thing and Othello (Raul Julia and Christopher Walken). He has directed more than 35 productions at The Gutherie and has overseen a period of unprecedented growth for the theatre with record-breaking subscription and ticket sales. As part of the 2007/2008 season, he directed the American premiere of The Home Place by Brian Friel and in the 2009/2010 season, he directed and performed in Friel's play Faith Healer.
He was awarded the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2006 Achievement in Theatre and is a member of the artistic directorate of the Globe Theatre in London. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St John’s University, Minnesota; an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the National University of Ireland; and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Gonzaga University.
BRIAN DENNEHY has appeared in over 150 Films and TV. He has twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor; for playing James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's ‘Long Day's Journey Into Night,’ and for playing Willy Loman in ‘Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.’ The television version subsequently earned Dennehy a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award nomination. He revived the role of Willy Loman in London's West End in 2005 for which he received the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor. Most recently, he played Ephraim Cabot in the Broadway production of ‘Desire Under the Elms’. Film work includes, Fiest Blood (opposite Sylvester Stallone), Silverdao, Best Seller, Cocoon, Semi Tough, Foul Play, Legal Eagles, Presumed Innocent, FX Murder By Illusion and Righteous Kill (Al Pacino & Robert De Niro). His TV appearances include, Kojak, Lou Grant, Dallas, Miami Vice, Dynasty and Law and Order (SVU).
"Isn’t it better to have our principles than be millionaires?"
"God made the world, but we made the field" - Bull tells Tadhg
The production will transfer to The INEC, Killarney for 3 Nights: Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February
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Dates: 13 January – 12 February
Mon – Sat 8pm
Sat Matinees: 3pm
Special School’s matinees: 1pm Weds
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