Thursday, June 04, 2009

Peter Quinn's classic novel of Civil War New York, BANISHED CHILDREN OF EVE, Read at the Irish Repertory Theater in NYC

Tomorrow, June 5, the Irish Repertory Theater in New York will stage a reading of playwright Kelly Younger's adaptation of Peter Quinn's Banished Children of Eve, available in paperback from Overlook.

Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, the reading of Banished Children of Eve will be presented as the culmination of a two-day developmental workshop. The play will be read by Fred Applegate (Happiness, Young Frankenstein), David Wilson Barnes (Becky Shaw, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Muiris Crowley (The Yeats Project), Mark Hartman* (Avenue Q, Finian's Rainbow), Michelle Hurst ("SherryBaby," The Story), Nicola Murphy (The Yeats Project), Aaron Shaw ("In Treatment") and Tracie Thoms* (10 Things To Do Before I Die, Rent).

Set in New York City during the Civil War years, Banished Children of Eve echoes with Stephen Foster songs and the disparate voices of immigrants, minstrel actors, hucksters, and domestic servants whose lives all intersect. As tensions surrounding emigration, war, and racial strife reach a flashpoint and rush toward the fatal Draft Riots, the characters are drawn together in a net of violence and fear, longing and hope.

The reading is open to public. Friday, June 5, 3pm, Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, New York.

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