Ireland came to the rehearsal room of City Theatre last week — or more specifically the hard-drinking inhabitants of Baldoyle, an outlying suburb of Dublin on the coast of Dublin Bay. The cast is a mix of old friends and new arriving from Chicago, NYC, Princeton, and just around the corner here in the South Side.
We have a tradition on the first day of rehearsal of the entire staff (from the actors, designers, and director to the carpenters, painters, and administrative staff) gathering in the rehearsal room to say “hello” and kick off the process. Artistic Director Tracy Brigden then typically asks a question inspired by the play. For The Seafarer, where the action of the play takes place on Christmas Eve and with Christmas four days prior to the first rehearsal, she asked us to everyone to share a favorite moment from the holidays. Family and drink seemed to be the common themes, drink as celebratory accelerant and sometimes taken medicinally. The laughter and commiseration got us off to a splendid first day of rehearsal.
The Cast includes:
CHRISTOPHER DONAHUE(James “Sharky” Harkin) recently appeared in Heartbreak House with the Two River Theater. He has been involved with many other theatres including the Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Yale Rep.
NOBLE SHROPSHIRE(Richard Harkin) Broadway work includes: The Drowsy Chaperone; Royal National Theatre’s premiere of Not About Nightingales; and Candida at Roundbout. Other experience includes film and TV credits and work at theatres like Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and Westport Country Playhouse.
MARTIN GILES(Ivan Curry) has been seen at City Theatre in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Santaland Diaries, and Fuddy Meers, among others. He was most recently seen elsewhere in The Synge Cycle for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater.
SAM REDFORD(Nicky Giblin) recently appeared in Mother Teresa is Dead at City Theatre. He has varied theatrical, film and TV credits and also performs regularly with Mind The Gap Theatre Company in New York City.
MARK ULRICH(Mr. Lockhart) resides in Chicago, where he appeared in Mariela In The Desert at The Goodman Theatre, The Gamester at Northlight, and Juno And The Paycock at The Artistic Home. He is a company member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and a member of Chicago Dramatists.
Posted by Stuart Carden, Associate Artistic Director and Christine Pini, Artistic Assistant