Rat in the Skull is an amazing snapshot of the "Irish troubles" during their most incendiary period. Why does a detective from Northern Ireland's Royal Ulster Constabulary botch the interrogation of a suspected I.R.A. bomber held in a London jail, leading to his release? Is it a mistake, or another kind of sabotage? Seen in flashbacks, the antagonists are entwined in a dance of death that somehow, though calibrated for mutual-destruction, bonds them as blood brothers and Irish martyrs.
New production from Wallfly Theater Company, with a New York-based cast.
Part of 1st Irish 2010, NY's annual Irish theatre festival.
"A raw descent into the morass of Northern Ireland. An authentic and savage political play… that drops the full panorama of an eternal, triangular stalemate into place." - Frank Rich, The New York Times
"An electric jolt of a play." - Evening Standard
Coordinated by the New York-based Origin Theatre Company, 1st Irish 2010 (the 3rd annual edition) runs from September 7 to October 4, and features plays by 16 mostly contemporary, living Irish playwrights in venues across New York. The festival concludes on Monday October 4 with an awards ceremony at which the festival's jury will honor the outstanding performances and productions, and a new Audience Choice Award for Best Play will be inaugurated.