Irish Repertory Theatre, in association with Fallen Angel Theatre Company, Inc., announces a two-week extension of the U.S. premiere of AIRSWIMMING by Charlotte Jones, the award-winning author of HUMBLE BOY, with performances now set to run through February 17, in Irish Repertory Theatre Company's W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). John Keating directs.
Set in 1920's England, Charlotte Jones's AIRSWIMMING is based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the "criminally insane" for having borne illegitimate children. Forgotten by their families and not released until the 1970's, Dora and Persephone adopt alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, to enact their fantasies and survive the silence of incarceration.
Aedin Moloney and Rachel Pickup, recently seen at The Irish Repertory Theatre in its revival of Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA, co-star in AIRSWIMMING, as Dora and Persephone, respectively.
The production features set design by Melissa Shakun; lighting design by Jessica M. Burgess; sound design by Kortney Barber; and choreography by Laura Knight Keating. Production Stage Manager is Lauren McArthur.
AIRSWIMMING opened at The Irish Repertory Theatre on Sunday, January 13 to enthusiastic reviews.
Charlotte Jones is best known for her play HUMBLE BOY which debuted in London in 2002, garnering its author the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play, and the People's Choice Best New Play Award. HUMBLE BOY premiered Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2003, earning a Drama Desk nomination for Best New Play. Her first play, AIRSWIMMING, premiered in London in 1997. Her other plays include IN FLAME (Critic's Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright); MARTHA, JOSIE & THE CHINESE ELVIS (Manchester Evening News Best Play Award, Pearson Television Best Play Award); THE DARK,
and THE LIGHTING PLAY. Jones wrote the book for the West End and Broadway musical THE WOMAN IN WHITE, in collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel.
Aedin Moloney has previously appeared at The Irish Repertory Theatre in DANCING AT LUGHNASA, SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, JUNO & THE PAYCOCK, SAME OLD MOON, and PIGTOWN. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Fallen Angel Theatre Company. She has Produced and performed in Fallen Angel's EVA THE CHASTE, TALENT, and CELL. As an actor, other theatre credits include HOBSON'S CHOICE (Atlantic Theatre), UNDER MILKWOOD (Hartford Stage). Clubbed Thumb's MADAME KILLER, and BAR & GER (Irish Arts Center).
Rachel Pickup made her New York debut at The Irish Repertory Theatre in DANCING AT LUGHNASA, after making her US debut in Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre production of AN IDEAL HUSBAND. In addition to numerous productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, she has appeared in West End productions of Neil Simon's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, THE 39 STEPS, BEDROOM FARCE, LOVE's LABOUR'S LOST, and MISS JULIE for which she was nominated for a Critic's Circle Best Actress Award.
For Fallen Angel Theatre Company, John Keating has directed its full-length productions of EVA THE CHASTE, CELL and TALENT. As an actor, his credits include eleven productions at the Irish Rep, including ARISTOCRATS and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Other theatre credits include Atlantic Theatre's THE NEW YORK IDEA, Roundabout Theatre Company's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, Mint Theatre's John Ferguson and IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?, and four productions for Theatre for a New Audience.