The smash hit play of the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival, Arlington, by Tony-award winning playwright Enda Walsh, is to have its US premiere in New York City next year.
Arlington, which is a co-production between Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, is to have a four-week run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in May.
St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, is known as the artistic home of both international heavyweights and emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale.
Tony Award winner Enda Walsh has collaborated with David Bowie on the Broadway hit ‘Lazarus’, which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop last year and received five nominations in the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
He received the Tony Award for writing the book for the musical ‘Once’ in 2012, adapted from the Oscar winning 2007 film ‘Once’. The musical played for three years on Broadway (2012–2015), two years on the West End (2012–2015) and scooped eight Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Walsh has also received widespread acclaim for his works ‘Misterman’ (2011) and ‘Ballyturk’ (2014), both GIAF and Landmark Productions co-productions, with ‘Misterman’ scooping two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Irish actor Cillian Murphy and set designer Jamie Vartan; and ‘Ballyturk’ winning two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Sound Design.
Arlington received rave reviews from critics when it premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in July this year, with The Guardian calling it ‘A new form of comprehensive, category-defying theatre in a story of love and oppression that echoes Orwell’s 1984.’ The theater publication The Stage, meanwhile, said it was “a tremendous exploration of the transcending of circumstance” in its five star review.
The story revolves around Isla, who we find trapped in a waiting room inside a tower, waiting for her number to be called. Her only companion is a young technician, who speaks to her from a control room. A fragile relationship develops as they struggle to connect in closely monitored surroundings.
It stars award-winning Irish actor Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate) as Isla, Hugh O’Conor as Young Man and Oona Doherty as Young Woman, and features the voices of Olwen Fouéré, Helen Norton and Stephen Rea.
Choreography is by Emma Martin, while sets and costumes are designed by Jamie Vartan, with lighting by Adam Silverman. Sound Design is by Helen Atkinson with Arlington original music composed by Teho Teardo.
The play runs at St Ann’s Warehouse from 3 - 28 May 2017, with opening night on 7 May. Tickets start at $45 and are available from St. Ann’s Warehouse from 4 October 2016.
‘★★★★- The Guardian
‘Dance, art and poetry explode in Enda Walsh’s brave new world … a new form of comprehensive, category-defying theatre.’’
‘★★★★★- The Stage
'Tremendous … Walsh and the creative team combine stunning effects with playful physicality … Jack Phelan provides some of the most stirring video work that’s been seen on an Irish stage.'’