Dracula, Ghosts and Romance at the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival
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The last date listed for Acting Irish International Theatre Festival was Saturday May 24, 2014 / 8:00pm (These Halcyon Days).
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May 20, 2014 at 8:00pm: The Irish Dracula by James Doan
Set in 1888, this play deals with the Irish author and theater manager Bram Stoker and the imperious actor-director Henry Irving of the Lyceum Theatre, for whom he worked. The remaining characters are adapted from those found in Stoker’s novel, Dracula, including the mysterious Lord Edward Cooper, the aging diva Lucilla Desmond and the strange Irish servant, Tadhg.
May 21, 2014 at 8:00pm: Shining City by Conor McPherson
Shining City is about the visits of John, a business man, to his therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. The therapist, who recently left the priesthood, is struggling with his own demons. The therapy sessions change both men profoundly as they learn there is more than one way one can be haunted.
May 22, 2014 at 2:00pm: The Butterfly of Killybegs by Brian Foster
In a Donegal fishing village Mary watches her life ebb away as she looks after her bedridden mother. Grasping a final chance of love and freedom, Mary befriends the reticent Patsy Doogan, and readily accepts his proposal of marriage. Patsy, however, has a secret and when it is uncovered Mary must prevent her mother from telling the local gossip.
May 23, 2:00pm: The House Keeper by Morna Regan
A woman at the end of her tether is faced with homelessness when she loses her job and the bank threatens to repossess her home. Desperate, she breaks into the house of a wealthy woman, but before long realizes that she has disturbed a hornet’s nest of unimagined proportions. This is a psychological thriller that explores the nature of possession, inheritance and corruption.
May 24, 2:00pm: Tho’ It Were Ten Thousand Miles: A Love Story by William H.A. Williams
This play brings together Seamus, an aging Irish academic (complete with family banshee) and Fiona, a young Scottish-American folk singer. Their unlikely romance mixes love, comedy and heartbreak spiced with poetry, music and bits of Irish folklore.
May 24, 8:00pm: These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan
It took a while. But they found each other. Seán sits alone, abandoned to his memories of a life in the theater, when in storms Patricia, a feisty woman with a zest for life and an eye for a handsome man. A wary intimacy soon develops between the two — an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny.