Inspired by the yuletide tradition of the medieval mystery plays, the two interrelated one-acts in THE MYSTERY PLAYS wrestle with the most profound of human ideas and beliefs – but with a horrific twist. The holidays will never be the same for the unsuspecting people sent on their mysterious journeys into the unknown… and the unknowable.
In "The Filmmaker's Mystery," a director of horror films visiting his family for Christmas is the sole survivor of a terrible train wreck, only to be haunted by the ghost of one of the dead passengers. In "Ghost Children," which takes place at the same time, a lawyer returns to her hometown for the first time since her brother brutally murdered their parents and younger sister.
Contemporary Irish American playwright Ronan Noone gives us a touching and funny look at the modern immigrant experience through the eyes of Brendan, a young Irishman, who leaves his homeland to forge a new life in New York City. He finds himself in a strange new world as he tries to leave his past behind and make a future. Family, friends, work, home and love buffet Brendan as he wrestles with the experience of becoming an American.
The subject matter of emigration to America is close to the playwright’s heart as Noone himself left his native Ireland for the United States in 1997 (“to escape the rain,” he said) and has lived in the U.S. since. His other plays include The Lepers of Baile Baiste, The Blowin of Baile Gall, Little Black Dress and The Atheist. The Boston Globe described Brendan as “very funny, even when it's breaking your heart. ... [It] finds ways to be about one particular guy, Brendan, while also saying some interesting things about the United States, Ireland, and what it means to change your allegiance.”
Brendan features Amir Abdullah, Devereau Chumrau, Brian Danner (US), Kathleen M. Darcy, Catia Ojeda, Patrick Quinlan and Eamon Sheehan. The design team includes scenic design by Arthur MacBride, lighting by Bosco Flanagan, and costumes by Michele Young. McKerrin Kelly directs the production with Assistant Director Cameron J. Oro.
In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story.