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Desire Under the Elms: The Corn Exchange

Oct 2 - Oct 13: Smock Alley Theatre


"with Corn Exchange, it’s the way they tell it that lifts things into the truly extraordinary." Herald Scotland on Man of Valour


"Before O’Neill, America had entertainment; after him it had drama." John Lahr

On a rough, stony farm in 1850s New England, old Ephraim Cabot brings his third wife back to the family home. When his youngest son meets her sparks fly – with devastating consequences.

In this early masterpiece of American drama, Eugene O’Neill draws on both Greek tragedy and his Irish roots to tell a story soaked with greed, repressed desire and the yearning for escape. Together these elements present a deeply disturbing portrait of the American psyche stirred by the rage of the Old Country.

Creators of last year’s festival hit Dubliners, the acclaimed Corn Exchange company, under the direction of Annie Ryan, strip a modern classic down to its bare bones. Desire Under the Elms promises a theatrical experience of raw humour, shocking intimacy and incredible power.

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Talking Theatre: Oct 6, post show. with Annie Ryan and members of the company.

Duration: Approx. 2hrs with an interval.

Written by:

  • Eugene O'Neill

Director:

  • Annie Ryan

Cast includes:

  • Peter Coonan
  • Luke Griffin
  • Janet Moran
  • Lalor Roddy
  • Fionn Walton

Music and Sound Design:

  • Mel Mercier

Set and Costume Design:

  • Maree Kearns

Lighting Design:

  • Sinéad Wallace

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