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Irish Rep Announces Casting for Pumpgirl

Abbie Spallen is directed by Nicola Murphy.

Claire O'Malley will star in Pumpgirl.
(photo provided by Matt Ross Public Relations)

The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced the cast of Abbie Spallen's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning play Pumpgirl, directed by Nicola Murphy. Performances will run November 7-December 29 in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, with an official opening set for November 14.

The three-member company includes Hamish Allan-Headley as Hammy, Labhaoise Magee as Pumpgirl, and Clare O'Malley as Sinead. Pumpgirl will feature Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Molly Seidel, lighting design by Michael O'Connor, and sound design by Fan Zhang.

In a gas station in Northern Ireland, barely north of the border, Pumpgirl gets few customers beyond lecherous men and cruel women who remark on her tomboyish appearance. Otherwise guarded, she has struck up a friendship with "no helmet Hammy" — an amateur stock-car racer who prefers to spend time with his unsavory buddies over his wife and children. As Hammy's wife, Sinead, stays home alone, she simmers with rage over her isolated, disappointing existence. On Hammy's birthday, their lives become perilously intertwined, leaving them face to face with a desperate future.

Originally presented by the Bush Theatre, Pumpgirl premiered in 2006 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and made its New York debut at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2007. It won the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Stewart Parker Trust Award, and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play.

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