The Hostage

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

n 1959 Dublin, a young British soldier is held captive by the Irish Republican Army while an equally young IRA volunteer awaits execution for killing a policeman. Should the British carry out the Irishman's sentence, the IRA will do the same to the Englishman. Playwright Brendan Behan, himself a former IRA member, took this dire premise to mold a sly political satire. Griffin ensemble member Jonathan Berry brings his directorial vision to Behan's play set in a Dublin brothel and reveals it to be a rollicking, bawdy comedy, full of brawling energy, song and satire that mixes beautifully with powerful drama. Berry who last season helmed the Griffin's hit production of Simon Stephen's On the Shore of the Wide World will intertwine laughter, tears, joy and fear in a music hall staging of one of Ireland's most significant Irish dramas.