In the play, Byron (McGinley) and Ames (Rea) are old friends re-united by mutual desperation. Over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect, and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
Rea received an Oscar nomination for The Crying Game, a Tony nomination for Someone to Watch Over Me, and most recently appeared on stage in New York in Shepard's Kicking a Dead Horse. McGinley was a member of the Druid Theatre Company from 1977-1989, with film credits including On a Clear Day, Braveheart, and Michael Collins.
In related news, the American premiere of Moira Buffini's award-winning play Gabriel will conclude the Atlantic's 2009-2010 main stage season. The work is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history -- the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. A naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. He's fluent in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. The production will begin previews in April toward a May opening.For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.