Translations is set in a rural 19th-century Irish village facing the arrival of a group of British military engineers who are here to map the area and rename its places. The presence of these outsiders forces the inhabitants to confront a changing and uncertain future, and under this shadow an impossible romance between a soldier and a village girl begins. The show was previously seen on Broadway in 1995. Friel's many other works include Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, and Faith Healer.
The show's creative team includes Francis O'Connor (sets and costumes), Davy Cunningham (lighting), John Leonard (sound), and Sam Jackson (original music). Hynes won the Tony Award for The Beauty Queen of Leenane and directed DruidSynge, which was seen this past summer as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.
Buggy, who will play Hugh, starred on Broadway in The Weir and received the Obie, Drama Desk, and Clarence Derwent Awards for the Off-Broadway production of Friel's The Aristocrats. Costabile, who will play Manus, starred on Broadway in Caroline, or Change and Titanic. Cox, who will play Owen, has been seen on the West End in Strange Interlude and The Importance of Being Earnest. Crowley, who will play Jimmy Jack, has been seen on stage in Stuff Happens, Amadeus, and Dealer's Choice. FitzGerald, who will play Doalty, was seen in the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! Hallett, who will play Sarah, was seen on Broadway in Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Hughes, who will play Bridget, wrote and starred in the award-winning solo show Belfast Blues. Lynch, who will play Maire, has worked extensively in London and has appeared in such films as The Secret of Roan Inish, Casa de los Babys, and Sixteen Years of Alcohol. Malcolm, who will play Captain Lancey, has appeared on Broadway in Aida and The King and I. Williams, who will play Lieutenant Yolland, has appeared Off-Broadway in Rope, The Mysteries, and Lizardskin.