One of thirty shows participating in FRIGID New York 2009, Nora Sun McLaughlin's new play, The Giant's Causeways, asks the question, can the friendship between two boys, one Catholic, the other Protestant, stand up to the political and religious battles surrounding them in Northern Ireland during the 60's and 70's? Loosely based on a story told by her father who grew up in Belfast during the Troubles, McLaughlin tells her tale from a larger, empathetic perspective that no one side was right, weaving a fierce drama about rage, pain and death along with some Irish singing, whiskey drinking, and the moral choices we make every day. James Fauvell (Tom Fontana's The Day Jack London Got Pinched, and the upcoming film, Nicholas of Myra) and Thomas Hodgskin (National Tour for FoodPlay Productions, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) bring this story to life. Directed by Jill Harrison, (Stefanie Zadravec's Leaving, Craig Lucas' Reckless and Harry Kondoleon's Play Yourself at Theatre Outlet, Assistant to the Playwright, Craig Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy at Playwrights Horizons), The Giant's Causeway gives voice to an emerging new playwright from New Jersey with a powerful story of her own to tell.
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