In the video below, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY at The Irish Repertory Theatre. Directed by Ciarán O'Reilly, this limited engagement runs through November 25th only.
Set in Derry, Northern Ireland during the aftermath of a civil rights meeting, Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY revolves around an inquiry into the shooting by British soldiers of three marchers as they emerged from the Guildhall. As the inquiry continues, with testimony from 'expert' witnesses, the play relives the real events that led to its institution. When the police disrupt the peaceful protest, three unarmed strangers, Lily (Cara Seymour), a middle-aged mother of 11, and Michael (James Russell) and Skinner (Joseph Sikora), two young men, take refuge from the streets and find themselves inexplicably in the Mayor's Parlor. As the three settle in to the Lord Mayor's opulent office, word spreads about the "occupation" of the Guildhall. The motley trio is transformed into a band of armed and desperate terrorists, a fiction that is taken up by the church, the media, the army, and nationalist balladeers, all of whom use the myth for their own diverse ends.
Performances run through November 25: Wed 3pm & 8pm; Thu 7pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 3pm & 8pm; and Sun 3pm, at Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). Tickets: $65 or $55. For reservations, call www.irishrep.org or 212-727-2737.