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Symposium on Playwright Tom Murphy at Fordham University Complements Lincoln Center Festival Schedule


(New York, NY, May 29, 2012) A highlight of Lincoln Center Festival will be DruidMurphy,three plays (Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine) by Tom Murphy, staged by Garry Hynes for Druid Theatre Company from July 5―14 in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. The plays will be performed by an ensemble cast of 16 actors, namely: Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh, and Joseph Ward.

{module ad_left_body}To complement these performances, Fordham University’s Institute of Irish Studies, The Galway University Foundation, and the National University of Ireland, Galway will host an all-day symposium on July 12 from 1―6:30 PM at Keogh Studio Theater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street at 9th Avenue. Scholars and theater experts will discuss the enormous influence of Tom Murphy on Irish and American cultural memories of immigration and of famine. The afternoon of lectures and panels will culminate in an on-stage interview with Druid Theatre founders, Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.  There are no reservations.

1 PM  “Tom Murphy and Irish Drama: Voicing the Voiceless” with Nicholas Grene, Trinity College, Dublin.

Moderated by Lucy McDiarmid, Professor, and Marie Frazee, Baldassarre Chair, Montclair State University.

2 PM “Druid and Tom Murphy: A Theatre of Miracles” with Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway.
Moderated by Chris Cahill, Director, American-Irish Historical Association of New York.

3:30 PM  “Famine, Immigration, and Modern Ireland” with Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University, Mary Burke, University of Connecticut, and Shelley Troupe, NUI Galway.
Moderated by John P. Harrington, Fordham University.

5 PM Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen In Conversation

Moderated by Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway

Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is sponsored by American Express


As previously announced, Lincoln Center Festival 2012, which runs from July 5 through August 5, will offer 67 performances by artists and ensembles from seven countries.

For more information and to buy tickets visit or go to the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Tickets for Uncle Vanya are also available at New York City Center box office.  Ticket prices are subject to change.

Macbeth performed by Alan Cumming, July 5–14

Performances: There will be 10 performances: July 5 (preview), 6 (preview), 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 at

7:30 PM; and July 14 at 2 and 7:30 PM, at the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Description: Description: Alan Cumming as Macbeth by Albert WatsonTony Award–winning actor Alan Cumming returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a virtuoso performance in a bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural. The production is set in a psychiatric unit and centers on a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth. CCTV cameras watch the patient’s every move and the clinical walls of the unit come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience. This innovative new production from the National Theatre of Scotland will be directed by John Tiffany (OnceBlack Watch) and Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors), and will have performances in Glasgow in June 2012 before coming to Lincoln Center Festival

John Tiffany and Alan Cumming (who made his stage debut as Malcolm in Macbeth in 1985) originally worked together on the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which took the Edinburgh International Festival by storm in 2007 and subsequently toured in 2008 to Aberdeen, Inverness and Lincoln Center Festival.  Andrew Goldberg runs the Shakespeare Gym in New York City and was staff director on the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Black Watch in New York, when he and John Tiffany first started collaborating creatively.  Said the actor, "I have been obsessed with the play all my life. Speaking to John in New York, earlier this year, I had this idea I wanted to swap the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because there are so many things about gender, I thought it would be a really exciting idea to flip that.”  He added: "So we did this reading like that, in New York, and Andrew suggested that I play all the parts, and I agreed to the idea.”  For more information: 

By William Shakespeare
National Theatre of Scotland
Directors John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg
Set design Merle Hensel
Lighting design Natasha Chivers
Sound design Fergus O’Hare
Movement Christine Devaney
Voice Ros Steen
With Alan Cumming

Tickets start at $25.00

This presentation is made possible in part by the members of the Producer’s Circle.

DruidMurphy - Plays by Tom Murphy, July 5 –12

Twelve performances at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College:

Conversations on a Homecoming: July 5 at 7:30 (preview); July 8 and 14 as part of full-cycle days at from 1PM until 10 PM; July 10 at 7:30 PM

Cast: Beth Cooke, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh

A Whistle in the Dark: July 6 at 7:30 (preview); July 11 at 7:30; and as part of July 8 and 14 full-cycle days from 1 PM until 10 PM

Cast: Niall Buggy, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh

Famine: July 7 at 7:30 (preview); July 12 at 7:30; July 8 and 14 as part of full-cycle days from 1 PM until 10 PM.

Cast: Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Treasa Ní Mhiollain, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh, Joseph Ward

Description: Description: Tom Murphy EMAIL_Photo by Keith PattisonGalway’s Druid Theatre Company and its Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Garry Hynes, “the foremost interpreter of Irish drama in the world today” (The New York Times), return for the third time to Lincoln Center Festival with DruidMurphy, a major celebration of one of Ireland’s most influential playwrights, Tom Murphy. The plays will be performed by an ensemble cast of 16 actors, namely: Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Treasa Ní Mholláin, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh, and Joseph Ward. The productions are designed by Francis O’Connor, with movement by David Bolger, costumes by Joan O’Clery, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Gregory Clarke and music by Sam Jackson.

Murphy, a writer whose plays teem with emotion and musicality of language, has been described as “the nearest thing to a genius that Ireland can boast of” (The Guardian). Druid’s previous large scale projects include the four-time Tony Award-winning Leenane Trilogy by Martin McDonagh (West End and Broadway) and the Company’s staging of the work of John Millington Synge, DruidSynge, at Lincoln Center Festival 2006.  The Company returned to the Festival last July with Hynes’s searing production of Sean O’Casey’s anti-war tragicomedy The Silver Tassie

Murphy's first full-length play, A Whistle in the Dark, written in 1961 when he was 25-years-old, was one of the most celebrated plays of the 1960s. It premiered in London’s West End where, famously, Harold Pinter saw it before he wrote The Homecoming, and bears an uncanny resemblance to A Whistle in the Dark. Critic Kenneth Tynan called it “the most uninhibited display of violence that the London stage has ever witnessed.” Says Murphy, “There is a rage in me which I think is a natural thing. It was in me when I was 24 or 25, scribbling with my stub of a pencil. And it's still there in everything I do.” This fury has fuelled one of the most prolific and controversial careers in Irish theater. Additionally, he has had a profound influence on younger writers, such as Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh, and Conor McPherson, who has said of Murphy’s plays: “He just makes them as dark and as crazy as he wants.” 

DruidMurphy, which will be performed in Galway and London (as part of the Cultural Olympiad) before it comes to New York, is the company’s biggest project to date. The cycle of three plays, Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine, has a central theme of Irish emigration, stemming from The Irish Famine, The Great Hunger of the 1840s, and spanning 1846 to 1970.

 Played over the course of three evenings or together in an entire cycle on one day, DruidMurphy promises to be one of the theatrical events of 2012. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, DruidMurphy covers the period from The Great Hunger of the 19th century to the ‘new’ Ireland of the 70s, exploring what we mean when we call a place home.

“Tom is hugely respected outside Ireland more by reputation than by performance. These plays tell about going and leaving and coming back and explain what it is to be part of a nation, what it is to leave and what happens to those who stay…and what it means,” says Ms. Hynes. The company’s long relationship with the playwright, who was born in Tuam, County Galway, was revived when his play The Gigli Concert officially opened the refurbished Druid Lane Theatre as part of the Galway Arts Festival in 2009.

“I believe that Tom is one of the greatest writers for the theatre in the English language. It feels absolutely right now to ask again those questions that Tom has asked throughout his long writing career; “Who we are as a nation? And what kind of society have we created for ourselves? ”

-Garry Hynes on Tom Murphy

About the plays:

  • Conversations on a Homecoming (1985) is set in County Galway in the 1970s.  Even the humblest of small-town pubs can be a magnet for dreamers. Over a long drinking session, Michael – recently returned from New York after a ten year absence – has a reunion with old friends in that same pub, “The White House.” Faced with the changes the years have wrought, and not a few pints, they begin a process of self-discovery as illusions are unmasked and shed.
  • A Whistle in the Dark (1961) is Murphy’s first play, set in Coventry, England, in 1960.  Michael Carney is an Irish emigrant living in Coventry with his wife, Betty. He has given lodgings to his three brothers as they adapt aggressively to life in an English city. Now the imminent arrival from Ireland of his father and younger brother cause tensions to boil over.
  • Famine is set in 1846 in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. In Glanconnor village, the second crop of potatoes fails. The community now faces the real prospect of starvation. John Connor, head of the family, leader of the village, son of glorious forefathers, is surrounded by starvation and poverty. He will do the right thing – by himself, by God and by his family.

By Tom Murphy
Druid Theatre Company
Director Garry Hynes
Set design Francis O’Connor

Costumes by Joan O’Clery

Lighting design Chris Davey
Sound design Gregory Clarke
Movement David Bolger
Music Sam Jackson
With Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Treasa Ní Mholláin, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh, and Joseph Ward.

Tickets start at $40 for individual performance and $120.00 for full-cycle days.

Co-produced by Lincoln Center Festival, Quinnipiac University, NUI Galway and Galway Arts Festival

Hand Stories, July 18-25


12 performances at the Clark Studio Theater:

July 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM; July 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 at 6 and 9 PM


Description: Description: Hand Stories EMAIL_Photo by Mario Del CurtoChinese puppeteer Yeung Faï will present his highly personal creation, Hand Stories, an interwoven set of vignettes using traditional hand puppets, live and archival video. The production includes a live and recorded soundscape to tell Yeung’s own life story after his father, a grand master of Chinese Puppetry, died in prison during the Cultural Revolution. The latest member of a line of five generations of Chinese puppeteers, Yeung developed Hand Stories at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne with a creative team including video design by Taiwanese media artist Yilan Yeh and music by Australian composer Colin Offord. Through the telling of Yeung’s journey to carry on his family’s legacy, Hand Stories also explores the more universal and temporal story of Chinese puppetry, one of the oldest traditional Chinese folkloric arts, dating back to the Western Han dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD).  A modern production that appeals to audiences of all ages through an infusion of contemporary influences and multi-media techniques, the hour-long Hand Stories will be performed by Yeung and his frequent collaborator, the French clown-trained actor Yoann Pencole.

Creation, design, and puppets Yeung Faï
Visual design Yilan Yeh
Music Colin Offord

Tickets starts at $50.00
Production : Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Coproduction: Théâtre Jeune Public de Strasbourg – CDN d’Alsace ; Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève
And the support of: Institut International de la Marionnette de Charleville-Mézières, Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland 

Uncle Vanya, July 19-28 

Ten performances at the New York City Center on 131 W. 55th Street:

July 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM (previews); July 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM and July 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 PM


Description: Description: Cate Blanchett as Yelena and Richard Roxburgh as Uncle Vanya_Photo by Lisa TomasettiSydney Theatre Company’s (STC) acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by Tamás Ascher (whose staging of Ivanov for Katona Jozsef Theatrewas critically acclaimed at Lincoln Center Festival 2009), will be a highlight of the festival.  The production was named the best play of the year by Washington Post critic Peter Marks, who put the play in the number one spot on his annual list of theatre's top ten, saying “(it) had the mesmerizing power to stun an audience out of complacency over the classics and transform one’s view of a masterpiece”. The entire original cast - John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving - will reprise their roles for the production which was a critical and box office triumph at Sydney Theatre Company in November and December 2010, before its Kennedy Center run in August of 2011.  Reviewing the production in The New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote that he considered the three hours of the show “among the happiest of my theatergoing life”.

By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Andrew Upton
Sydney Theatre Company
Director Tamás Ascher
Set design Zsolt Khell
Costume design Gyorgyy Szakács
Lighting design Nick Schlieper
Music and sound design Paul Charlier
Dramaturg/Interpreter Anna Lengyel
With John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan,
Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver, Hugo Weaving

Tickets begin at $25.00
This presentation is made possible in part by the members of the Producer’s Circle.
Additional support provided by: Mitsui USA Foundation, Nippon Steel U.S.A, Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America.
Uncle Vanya is presented in association with New York City Center. 

In Paris, August 1-5 

Six performances in the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College:
August 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM; August 4 at 2 and 7:30 PM; and August 5 at 2 PM


Description: Description: Baryshnikov EMAIL_Photo by Maria BaranovaThe multi-faceted Mikhail Baryshnikov, who famously left the Soviet Union in 1974, returns to the theater to perform for the first time in his mother tongue in the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory production of a haunting new play, In Paris. Taken from a short story by Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1933, it was adapted and directed by the prolific visionary Russian director Dmitry Krymov. Krymov is a leader in the new generation of Russian directors, as well as a painter, set designer, and graphic artist who creates staged works he calls “painter’s theater,” that have a dominant visual language. Baryshnikov plays Nikolai Platonitch, a former general of the White Russian army who meets a beautiful younger Russian émigré, played by Anna Sinyakina, a waitress in a Paris restaurant.  They fall in love, but time is their enemy. Rounding out the ensemble are actors from Russia and Finland who are members of the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory, which was founded in 2005 in Moscow. 

Krymov’s production is designed in black and white and combines music, pantomime, video projections and giant photographs to create a dynamic setting for this haunting piece of poetic theater, which so evocatively portrays the sense of exile in Bunin’s story.

One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s theater roles have included Gregor Samsa in Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis on Broadway in 1989; Rezo Gabriadze’s The Doctor and the Patient for Lincoln Center Festival 2004; and Beckett Shorts, a collection off four short plays by Samuel Beckett directed by JoAnne Akalaitis in 2007.

By Ivan Bunin

Direction and adaptation by Dmitry Krymov
Set and costume design by Maria Tregubova
Music composed by Dmitry Volkov
Lighting design by Damir Ismagilov
Sound and video design by Tei Blow

With Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Sinyakina, Maxim Maminov, Maria Gulik, Dmitry Volkov, Polina Butko, Ossi Makkoner, and Lasse Lindberg. 

In Paris will be performed in Russian and French with English supertitles. 

Tickets begin at $25.00.

A production of Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dmitry Krymov Laboratory, and the A.G.  Foundation in association with the Korjaamo Culture Factory. This presentation is made possible in part by generous support from Jennie and Richard DeScherer and the members of the Producers Circle.


Since its inaugural season in 1996, Lincoln Center Festival has received worldwide attention for presenting some of the broadest and most original performing arts programs in Lincoln Center’s history. In 17 seasons, the Festival will have presented nearly 1,260 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary forms by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has commissioned more than 40 new works and offered some 130 world, U.S., and New York premieres. It places particular emphasis on showcasing contemporary artistic viewpoints and multidisciplinary works that push the boundaries of traditional performance.

Lincoln Center Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of some 5,000 programs annually, LCPA complements the extraordinary offerings of the 10 other Lincoln Center resident organizations, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to hundreds of thousands of people each year through a variety of popular series.  These programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.

Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is sponsored by American Express.

Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is also made possible by Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust,  China International Culture Association, The Skirball Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., The Shubert Foundation, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Mitsui USA Foundation, Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, Producers Circle and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support for Festival 2012 is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Endowment support for Festival 2012 is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Nancy Abeles Marks

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Clark Studio Theater, 165 W. 65th Street, 7th floor (the Rose Bldg.)
David H. Koch Theater, Broadway at 63rd Street
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue
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