Spooky, ghost-story play, "The Weir," runs for just three more weeks!
posted October 17, 2010 11:29 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Thu October 21 at 8:00 PM, Access Theare
380 Broadway, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
"a wonderful night of theater....find your way there. A solid cast, and excellent chemistry ..." -- audience-member comment on TheatreMania.com. "The Weir" is directed by grumblebee and features Evangeline in its cast. Tickets are normally $18, but we're making them available to MeFites for $15. When you order, just use the code MEFI to get the discount. Order $15 tickets for THE WEIR by using discount code "MEFI" for all performances at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WEI0 or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444. "You shed all sense of time at this beautiful and devious new play" - New York Times
If you like ghost stories, you'll love this play, which is set in a little bar in Norther Ireland. In my opinion, "The Weir," which was written in the late 1990s, is one of the best plays of the last twenty years. It's accessible, funny, sad, wise and beautifully written. Below, I will share with you something interesting I learned, while I was working on the show. First, here's the info:

Order $15 tickets for THE WEIR by using discount code "MEFI" for all performances at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WEI0 or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.

The show is running Oct 14th through November 6th at the Access Theatre, 580 Broadway in NYC. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm and 8pm. (No show Oct 17th.)

As the cast and I were researching the show, we were stumped by a phrase used by one of the characters: "dead birds in hedges." Listen for it when you come see the show! It will give that character's story a special meaning.

Our research turned up nothing, so I posted a question about the phrase on dublin.craigslist.org. I didn't know where to post it, so I put it in the personals, hoping lonely Dubliners wouldn't think I was looking for a date. I got replies from many helpful Irish men and women, and I learned that "dead birds in hedges" is a very old country saying, meaning "stillborn babies."

Sorry if that's an upsetting idea. This is a show about spooky stories, so you should expect some of that sort of thing if you come. There are stories about fairies, graveyards and ghosts.

Below, I've pasted some information from our press release! The cast and I would love to see you there.

NOTE: we invite the audience to have drinks with the cast every night, after the show. Please stop by, have a Guinness or a glass of wine, and say hi.

"And the priest took us into the sacristy and the job,
of all things, was to dig a grave in the yard..."
Folding Chair Classical Theatre presents

by Conor McPherson

"You shed all sense of time at this beautiful and devious new play"
- New York Times

Folding Chair Classical Theatre invites you to attend THE WEIR by Conor McPherson, author of The Seafarer and Shining City.

THE WEIR opened in London where it received the Olivier Award for Best New Play. It was voted one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th century by theatre professionals surveyed by the Royal National Theatre.

On a chilly night in northwest Ireland, four men in a desolate pub spin tales of eerie goings-on to impress the town's new arrival. The tales begin to take on a life of their own, and when the newcomer adds her own story the pub's regulars must confront the possibility that they are truly haunted, by the supernatural and by the ghosts of their own pasts...

Folding Chair Classical Theatre turns its attentions to a contemporary play for the first time since 2008's acclaimed revivals of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good and Michael Frayn's Benefactors. Director Marcus Geduld reunites with a company of Folding Chair veterans to give New York audiences their first chance in over a decade to see this haunting masterpiece just in time for Halloween; a play the New York Times called "beautiful and devious".
Tickets only $18.

Performances October 14 - November 6
Thurs - Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm and 8pm
at Access Theatre, 380 Broadway between Walker and White Street
*No performance Oct 17


"Ian Gould all but walked away with the production."
- The Washington Post review of Rough Crossing

"With performances especially from [Lisa] Blankenship ... and [Gowan] Campbell, this show became so much larger than any set could have given it."
- The Happiest Medium's review of Folding Chair's The Duchess of Malfi

"Shrewd and strong...Richard Cowden is magnificent as Beau."
- The Rocky Mountain News review of Sportstalk 2000

"Angus Hepburn is stellar as Michael... reminiscent of Hume Cronyn or Spencer Tracy, he brings subtlety and elegance to the role..."
- nytheatre.com review of Afterlight

"[Lisa] Blankenship is utterly heartbreaking."
- talkingbroadway.com review of Folding Chair's The Winter's Tale

"Marcus Geduld's spearheading direction, which turns the text into a passionate animal."
- PBS's Theatre Talk review of Folding Chair's Cymbeline


"[A] bracing revival...the entire cast delivers with passion and intelligence."
- Back Stage on Folding Chair's production of Our Country's Good, 2008

"superbly directed and acted...a cast that will wow you."
- New Theater Corps, the blog of PBS's Theater Talk on Our Country's Good, 2008

"tak[es] each moment and allow[s] it to spiral into chaos - and bring[s] the audience with it, thrilled and horrified."
- thehappiestmedium.com on The Duchess of Malfi, 2009

"Fresh, gutsy, and exciting...another jewel in Folding Chair's crown.
- New Theater Corps, the blog of PBS's Theater Talk on Cymbeline, 2008

"A thoroughly enjoyable production."
- nytheatre.com on Pericles, 2009

"Passionately work[s its] way through the many layers of the play. This is a wonderful production."
- nytheatre.com on Benefactors, 2008
posted by grumblebee to Performance (10 comments total)

Sure, the cast and script are critically acclaimed, but what we really want to know is: what are you using for the Guinness?
posted by John Cohen at 3:06 PM on October 17, 2010

Guinness! Unfortunately the wine I drink is just grape juice.
posted by Evangeline at 4:48 PM on October 17, 2010


Didn't someone say that's "Good in theory, but you're (probably) not in your 60s. And you don't have to deliver a word-perfect four-page-long monologue at the end of the play"?
posted by John Cohen at 6:05 PM on October 17, 2010

We fudged the number of beers he's drink. He's fine.
posted by Evangeline at 7:54 AM on October 18, 2010

When faced with the grim alternative (gross malt drinks, etc.), he opted for Guinness. He's making sure to eat every night before the performance. He manages to get through the play maybe downing a pint and a half.

Altogether, the cast goes through a eight pints a night: divided between four actors, so about two each.

There are five actors in the play, but one of them doesn't have to drink beer.
posted by grumblebee at 4:48 PM on October 18, 2010

How many flights will we have to walk up?
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:13 AM on October 25, 2010

Zero, now that they elevator issues are settled.
posted by grumblebee at 5:53 AM on October 25, 2010

And is there a listing for this week's dates in IRL? (because I sure can't find one and want to click that I will attend and take the elevator)
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:14 AM on October 25, 2010

I just added one.


Make sure to use the MEFI code when ordering tickets. It gives you a discount.
posted by grumblebee at 8:53 AM on October 25, 2010

Sorry: link.
posted by grumblebee at 8:54 AM on October 25, 2010

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