Melissa Gilbert to Star in the Return of Irish Rep's The Dead, 1904
James Joyce's story is retold in a production directed by Ciarán O'Reilly.
Irish Repertory Theatre and Dot Dot Productions, in association with The American Irish Historical Society, have announced full casting for the return engagement of The Dead, 1904. This immersive adaptation of James Joyce's classic story The Dead is adapted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz.
The cast will be led by Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert as Gretta, and will feature Kimberly Doreen Burns as Mary Jane, Peter Cormican as Mr. Brown, Rufus Collins as Gabriel, Terry Donnelly as Mrs. Malins, John Treacy Egan as Bartell D'Arcy, Aedin Moloney as Molly Ivers, Clare O'Malley as Lily, Megan Loomis as Miss Daly, Patti Perkins as Aunt Julia, James Russell as Freddy Malins, and Patricia Kilgarriff as Kate Morkan.
Directed by Irish Rep cofounder Ciarán O'Reilly, The Dead, 1904 played for a sold out run at Irish Rep last season and will now return for seven weeks only. Previews begin November 18, with opening night set for November 30 for a limited run through January 7. The story tells of a disillusioned man named Gabriel Conroy, who, along with his wife, Gretta, attends a holiday party in 1904 Dublin, thrown at the home of his two elderly aunts.
Staged at the American Irish Historical Society townhouse for an audience of 57 people per night, the production will travel over three floors of the building, which has been restored to period decoration, and feature a full dinner created by Great Performances.
The production features costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by M. Florian Staab, properties & interior design by Deirdre Brennan, hair and wigs by Robert-Charles Vallance, choreography by Barry McNabb, dialect consultation by Stephen Gabis, and music consultation by Mark Hartman.