Tickets are now on sale at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York for A Touch of the Poet, the tragic tale about the Irish immigrant experience.
Irish Repertory Theatre, the award-winning Off-Broadway home for Irish and Irish-American drama in New York City, is proud to present A Touch of the Poet by Eugene O’Neill and directed by Ciarán O’Reilly.
Starring Tony-nominee Robert Cuccioli, A Touch of the Poet tells the story of the proud and tempestuous Cornelius Melody (Con), who owns a run-down inn and tavern near Boston in 1828.
Laden with debt, Con clings to his tenuous identity as a landed gentleman and war hero and chastises his wife (Kate Forbes) and daughter (Belle Aykroyd) for actions that expose the family’s humble Irish origins. When his daughter, Sara falls in love with a wealthy American guest at their inn, Con’s pride drives him to an explosive reckoning with his true place in the New World.
A Touch of the Poet was the first work written for the playwright Eugene O'Neill's famously unfinished cycle about the Irish in America. Completed in 1942, A Touch of the Poet has received four Broadway productions.
The cast of A Touch of the Poet includes Belle Aykroyd (A Christmas Carol) as Sara Melody, Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) as Cornelius “Con” Melody, Kate Forbes (Sight Unseen) as Nora Melody, Mary McCann (The Weir) as Deborah Hartford and many more.
Irish Repertory Theatre had planned to present A Touch of the Poet in March 2020; however, the week prior to opening, the theatre temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After producing a digital production in October 2020, they are delighted to now be able to showcase the performance on their mainstage.
Reviews for the 2020 digital production of A Touch of the Poet were exceptional, with The New York Times choosing it as their "critic's pick" and The Wall Street Journal describing the production as "perfectly cast and staged by Ciarán O’Reilly and brilliantly produced”.
The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 3 pm and 8 pm; Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Exceptions: there will be no 3 pm matinee on Wednesday, March 8.
Located in New York City, the Irish Repertory Theatre stages the works of Irish and Irish-American classic and contemporary playwrights, encouraging the development of new work focused on the Irish and Irish-American experience, and producing the work of other cultures interpreted through the lens of an Irish sensibility.
A Touch of the Poet runs until April 17, 2022, grab your tickets here. You can also follow Irish Repertory Theatre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.