Ireland’s National Theatre Tours Original Drama by Mark O’Rowe
Middlebury, VT—Playwright and director Mark O’Rowe weaves three interlocking, rhyming monologues into a truly original, gripping drama presented by the Abbey Theatre of Ireland. In Terminus, a young woman looking for love, a mother seeking atonement, and a serial killer who has sold his soul to the devil are all ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world. Terminus will be performed on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 P.M. in Wright Memorial Theatre at Middlebury College. A discussion regarding the work immediately follows the performance.
Daring audiences will need to hold tight as the ordinary turns extraordinary in this vivid and exhilarating play. The action catapults from the bustling streets to the skies above Dublin, then plummets deep to the bowels of the earth, encountering unimaginable characters: singing serial killers, avenging angels, and love-sick demons. Strong adult language and content make this a performance for mature audiences only.
The play has recently enjoyed hugely successful runs at New York’s Public Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Irish Times calls it “Hilarious, startling, surprisingly touching and enormously satisfying ... a thrill ride. Terminus is a fantastic piece of writing, O’Rowe’s best so far…” The Sunday Tribune notes, “…gripping, grotesque and deliriously good… (Terminus) makes O’Rowe pretty much the most exciting contemporary Irish playwright.”
This new production, touring the U.S., Europe, and Australia in spring 2011, features Declan Conlon, Olwen Fouéré, and Catherine Walker.
The set and costumes are designed by Jon Bausor with lighting by Philip Gladwell, and sound by Philip Stewart.
The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theatre and occupies a unique place in the hearts and minds of Irish people at home and abroad. It opened its doors on Abbey Street in Dublin in1904, with W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory as its inaugural directors. In 1925, it was given an annual subsidy by the newly formed Irish Free State, becoming the first ever state-subsidized theatre in the English-speaking world. Since then, the Abbey has played a vital and often controversial role in the literary, social, and cultural life of Ireland. In its long history it has nurtured and premiered the work of major playwrights such as John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuinness, Hugh Leonard, and Marina Carr as well as actors Donal McCann, Siobhan McKenna, Stephen Rea, Liam Neeson, Sinead Cusack, Gabriel Byrne, and Colm Meaney. With its two stages— Abbey and Peacock— the Abbey Theatre continues to be committed to creating a vibrant future for Irish theatre. The U.S. tour of Terminus is supported by Culture Ireland, and the Abbey Theatre is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Éalaoín.
Terminus is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, with support from the Department of Theatre and Dance. While the production is in residence, the actors and playwright will engage Middlebury College students directly in academic workshops. Tickets for the March 12 performance are $24, with discounts available for Middlebury College students, alumni, faculty, and staff. For tickets or information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-6433.