Presented by Northlight Theatre and Galway International Arts Festival
Written by Christian O’Reilly
Directed by BJ Jones, starring John Mahoney and Penny Slusher
Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal lovers living in Dublin.
When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship.
Acclaimed actor John Mahoney (best known for his role as Marty Crane in the hit US sitcom 'Frasier') plays Dan, a lonely old man who wants to ensure his beloved dog will be looked after before he makes a permanent decision about his life. Mahoney returns to the Galway stage following his superb performance in the European premiere of ‘The Outgoing Tide’ at Galway International Arts Festival 2012. He stars opposite Penny Slusher as Betty, who spends her days looking after her numerous cats. Slusher made her Festival debut in the funny and compassionate ‘Stella & Lou’ in 2013.
'Chapatti' is a co-production between Northlight Theatre and Galway International Arts Festival, written by Galway playwright Christian O'Reilly (‘The Good Father’, ‘Inside I'm Dancing’) and directed by BJ Jones.
'Chapatti' made its European debut at Galway International Arts Festival 2014 at the Town Hall Theatre, following a critically acclaimed world-premiere run at Northlight Theatre in Chicago. Chicago Theatre Review lavished praise on the production, calling it an “exquisite dramatic pas de deux”, while The Chicago Tribune praised O’Reilly’s “real charm and intelligence” and “very compassionate new piece of writing.”
Galway was equally enchanted with the play. Sluther “uses her self-deprecating monologues and nimble endearing gestures to seduce both Dan and the audience”, said The Irish Times, with The Guardian calling the acting “first rate.”
‘A master class in acting’Chicago Sun Times
‘BJ Jones has beautifully and sensitively directed this exquisite dramatic pas de deux’Chicago Theatre Review