Woman and Scarecrow: New Drama from Top Irish Playwright
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Marvelous performances. I love Jennifer Mendenhall in everything, and she is amazing in this. The other actors are also very good. The only thing that keeps me from giving the play four stars is that I'm not sure that I "get" the second act. That's an issue I have with many new plays -- a lot of fascinating stuff gets introduced in the first act, but the second act doesn't tie everything up as well as it might. Still, that gives you something to discuss with your friends on the way home. It's definitely worth seeing.
By Marina Carr
Directed by Des Kennedy
Starring Nanna Ingvarssson, Brian Hemmingsen, Rena Cherry Brown and Jennifer Mendenhall
Part horror story, part philosophical musing on life, Woman and Scarecrow starts and ends at the deathbed of an unnamed woman and the less than appealing characters who accompany her on her final journey, led by the Scarecrow, a woman who is more than she seems. Drawing on Celtic mythology and with a robust humour previously unseen in Carr plays, Woman and Scarecrow marks the most accomplished play to date by Ireland’s leading female playwright.
Born in Dublin and raised in Gortnamona, Co. Offaly, Marina Carr is the author of Low in the Dark_ (1989), The Deers Surrender_ (1990), Ullaloo_ (1991), This Love Thing_ (1991), The Mai_ (1994), winner of Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award, 1994, Portia Coughlan_ (1996), winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, On Raftery’s Hill (1996), By the The Bog of Cats (1998), andAriel (2002). One of Ireland’s most prolific playwrights, Car has been a member of Aosdána since 1995, was the Ansbacher writer in residence at the Abbey theatre for 1996, was the Trinity College Dublin writer in residence for 1999 and was awarded The Ireland Funds Artistic Award in 2003. Her most recent play, Marble, opened at the Abbey in February 2009.
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