The Huntington Theatre Company will present the world premiere of "Brendan," Ronan Noone’s comedy about the life of an Irish immigrant in Boston, from October 12 - November 17 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Directed by Huntington Artistic Associate Justin Waldman, “Brendan” got its start at the Huntington when it was read at the Breaking Ground Festival of New Plays in 2005 under the title “Smiler Becoming Yank.”
Ronan Noone is an alumnus of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows Program, and has had plays produced in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Earlier this season, the Huntington presented Noone’s “The Atheist,” also directed by Waldman and starring Campbell Scott.
In "Brendan," the title character has been in
America more than five years and has found living in Boston not much
different than in Ireland. But he’s happy to have left an
overbearing mother and a lot of other baggage across the ocean.
Fond of beer and a classical music aficionado, Brendan’s “Two-Pint
Wednesdays” at the pub and quality time at home with Mozart keep
him balanced as he carves out a new routine. But he can’t
shake the feeling someone is peering over his shoulder, judging his
“This play is close to my heart,” says Huntington Artistic Director Nicholas Martin, “not only because it captures the rhythm of this unique city I love, but also because the Huntington has nurtured it for several years. ‘Brendan’ is a work of immense warmth and humor – a hallmark of Ronan’s best writing. With Justin Waldman directing, I know ‘Brendan’ will capture Boston’s heart and imagination the way it did mine.”
Irish-born Ronan Noone, one of this country’s most
exciting new theatre artists, is the first playwright in Huntington
history to have two works premiered in one season. Noone began
his collaboration at the Huntington as a Playwriting Fellow in 2004,
which provided him artistic resources and a collaborative atmosphere
to develop new work.
The cast of “Brendan” includes new-to-Boston actors and returning faces from previous Huntington productions. They include:
Dashiell Eaves (as Brendan),
who was previously seen in the Huntington’s “Observe
the Sons of Ulster” and appeared on Broadway in “Coram
Boy,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,”
“James Joyce’s The Dead,” “The Sound of Music”
For tickets and information, stop by the Calderwood box office at 527 Tremont Street, call 617-266-0800 or visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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