Off-Broadway’s award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director) announces the cast for this season’s annual holiday offering. Tony Award winner Alice Ripley will lead the cast of the New York premiere of A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, a musical based on the classic Truman Capote short story. The cast also features Samuel Cohen (ONCE, Irish Rep’s DONNYBROOK!), Nancy Hess (CHICAGO), Taylor Richardson (ANNIE), Ashley Robinson (Steve Martin’s BRIGHT STAR; the Old Globe, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG; West End), Virginia Ann Woodruff (VIOLET, THE COLOR PURPLE), and 10-year old Silvano Spagnuolo, making his Off-Broadway debut. Directed by Charlotte Moore, A CHRISTMAS MEMORY has a book by Duane Poole, lyrics by Carol Hall, and music by Larry Grossman. Previews begin Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. The Opening Night is schedule for Thursday, December 4th. The engagement will end on Sunday, January 4th, 2015.
Due to a theatre renovation currently taking place at its home base, The Irish Rep’s current season is being presented at the DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street in Union Square).
A CHRISTMAS MEMORY is an elegant, old-fashioned musical celebration of a traditional Southern Christmas. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, set in Alabama in 1955 (with flashbacks to 1933), tells the story of Young Buddy, who is being raised by three eccentric cousins, and their last, precious, Christmas together at home. As Buddy and Aunt Sook gather ingredients for their “World Famous Christmas Fruitcake”(one that will go “directly to the Roosevelts in the White House!”), we are drawn back into a sweetly innocent world filled with a warmth and emotion that has all but disappeared.
Tickets are now on sale through the Irish Rep box office at 212-727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.