Disco Pigs, the Adrenalin-Fueled Off-Broadway Hit About Teen Friends
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This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has a driving mishap in which her automobile is demolished, her son hires Hoke Colburn to be her driver. Initially resistant, Miss Daisy gradually starts to accept Hoke over time, and an unlikely friendship begins to grow between the two. Ultimately a sweet tale of the transformative power of true friendship, the play also touches on the racism and prejudice that permeated the South at the time. Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette (called the Meryl Streep of Washington theater) and Craig Wallace return to Ford's to perform in this beloved classic. Learn More
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It is hard to imagine any actor playing Pig as masterfully as Rex Daugherty. His silent responses during the beach scene, when Runt is clearly pulling away, I now count among my best moments at the theater. This is something we might expect from a Daniel Day Lewis but few others.
Tons of energy - great directing. Once again, bravo Solas Nua!
Quotes & Highlights
“The sheer energy of Mr. Walsh’s writing — and exciting performances by the talented young actors Rex Daugherty and Madeleine Carr — quickly sweep you into the careening locomotion of the story.” —The New York Times
“A brave, brief, funny piece … this is about as much theater as you can get out of two actors and a shopping cart.” —Variety
“Builds a more powerful lasting impression in one hour than many performances do in twice as much time.” —Backstage
“It’s hard to image a more polished performance of this disturbing, memorable play.” —Irish Voice
By Enda Walsh
The smash hit New York premiere production (off-Broadway) that sold out every performance and earned nothing but rave reviews comes to D.C. for the first time! Disco Pigs is unlike anything you have ever seen before, a fast, physical, adrenalin fueled ride of linguistic gymnastics.
Two friends set out to celebrate their seventeenth birthdays through the nightclubs of cork, a city lost in dance and pounding rave rhythms. pig and runt are two inseparable violent creatures, who have developed their own language from birth. this night they are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free.
Enda Walsh (playwright) is one of Ireland’s most renowned playwrights and the former writer-in-residence of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Previous plays include Misterman, Bedbound, The Small Things, The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom and Delirium. He has written several screenplays including an adaptation of his play Disco Pigs, directed by Kristen Sheridan, and, most recently, Hunger, based on the story of Bobby Sands and winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Linda Murray & Dan Brick (directors) founded Solas Nua in 2005 and in June of that year played Pig & Runt in the DC premeire of Disco Pigs. Dublin native Linda Murray (Artistic Director) holds a degree in languages from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in drama and theatre studies from University College Cork and is receiving a PHD in dance studies from London Metropolitan University. Producing Director and DC native Dan Brick is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Solas Nua company members Rex Daugherty (Pig) and Madeleine Carr (Runt) appeared together off-Broadway in the New York premiere of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs for Solas Nua. In 2010 Daugherty will appear in the American Premiere of Johnny Meister and the Stitch for Solas Nua. In addition to Disco Pigs, Carr has previously been seen in Solas Nua’s Scenes From The Big Picture and Pumpgirl.
About the Ticket Supplier: Solas NuaSolas Nua is a non-profit arts organization that seeks out both feted and obscure work by contemporary artists in Ireland to promote awareness of modern Irish culture in Washington D.C.
Solas Nua is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts.