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Press Release

Conor McPherson's The Weir Opens February 20th

Jan 31 2009
Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, continues its 9th anniversary season with Conor McPherson’s Olivier Award-winning play The Weir, on Friday, February 20th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Special priced preview performances are slated for February 18th & 19th (8PM) and the production will play through April 5th. The Weir is set in a small tavern in rural Ireland, where local men swap spook stories in an attempt to impress a young woman who recently moved into a nearby "haunted" house. The tables are soon turned when she tells a tale of her own and an innocent evening soon becomes a night of personal revelation. Described as beautiful and devious, The Weir celebrates old-fashioned story telling and guarantees to serve up more than chilling ghost stories about what goes bump in the night. Resident director J. Barry Lewis will direct the production featuring Frank Converse, Dennis Creaghan, Karl Hanover, Lena Kaminsky and Declan Mooney. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O'Keefe, and lights designed by Joesph P. Oshry. "Casting our productions is always a challenge and this production brought its own set of unique parameters. With that said—-we are thrilled to have secured the immensely talented Frank Converse, Dennis Creaghan, Karl Hanover, Lena Kaminsky and Declan Mooney to Dramaworks," said Producing Artistic Director William Hayes. "The Weir" premiered in London in 1997. After a successful run in the West End, it opened at The Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim. Conor McPherson won the Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for The Weir. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, The London Telegraph named McPherson 'the finest dramatist of his generation.' Nominated for three Tony Awards, the Irish born playwright has found much success with his tales of lost souls and sacred feelings that bind friends. In 1998 he won the Critics Circle Award for The Most Promising Playwright. His other works include The Good Thief, Port Authority, Shining City, and The Seafarer. Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.