Misterman is an examination of a young man’s descent into religious mania in small town-Ireland. It is a seductive and terrifying portrait of innocence turned toxic, that dares you not to look away.
Inishfree might seem like a quaint Irish town, but erce evangelist Thomas Magill knows better. He knows that jovial Dwain Flynn is a miserable drunk, that Timmy O’Leary enslaves his lovely mother, and that sweet Mrs Cleary is a blasphemous irt.
It is down to Thomas, with God on his shoulder, to save this sinful place. But the townsfolk are not listening,
an angel is misbehaving and a barking dog will not be silenced. Just how far will Thomas go in his quest for salvation?
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About the writer: Enda Walsh is a playwright and screenwriter who shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs.
In 2007 and 2008 Enda won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him “one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.” In 2011 Once, Enda’s adaptation of the film by John Carney, opened off-broadway. Critically acclaimed, it moved to Broadway in 2012, where it picked up eight Tony Awards, including Best Book for Enda. The West End run of Once opened in April 2013.
Since his initial success as a playwright, Enda has gone on to write for the screen. His 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and won a host of awards, including the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. It was nominated for seven BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), six British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA’s Outstanding British Film Award 2009.
About the Director:
Melissa Firlit (Director) is a working director based in New York City. She is thrilled to be bringing Misterman back to Cork after developing this production at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts in the fall of 2014 and the Boulder Arts Festival in the Spring of 2015. Recent credits include: Albert Porter, Boy Explorer (Creede Repertory Theatre), which is currently touring the Southwest region of the United States, Aida, Buyer & Cellar, Always…Patsy Cline, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Few Good Men, Moon Over Buffalo, The Pillowman, The Secret Garden, A Picasso, and Red (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Princeton Festival), Misterman (The Dairy Center), BUBBA (FringeNYC, MST, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo Festival, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD (Chicago Fringe Festival), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Annabel Lee (Apothecary), The Death of Evie Avery, A Nasty Story, and The Rise and Fall of Miles and Milo (FringeNYC), By The Light of the Silvery Moon (Midtown Int’l Theater Festival). Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College),Stop Kiss (Wagner College) and Under Construction, Fabulation, Machinal, Solitary, boom, Any Place But Here, Lone Star and Lost Persons (Rutgers University). As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights in process, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose, and does workshops at colleges accross the United States. Melissa received her MFA in Directing from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BA in theater and a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. She is an associate member of SDC. www.melissafirlit.com
About the Cast:
Craig MacArthur is excitred to be reprising the role of Thomas Magill. Previous roles include: Roles include the lead in the Seattle World Premiere of Marrow, Ken in Red, Judas in The last Days of Judas Iscariot, Trevor in The Submission at the Olney Theatre Center. His NYC stage debut was in The Northern Kingdom, which was written by Nancy Fales Garret and directed by Dorthy Lyman. Craig has taught voice and speech in the MFA/BFA Acting program at Rutgers, AMDA and is currently on faculty at HB Studio. MFA in Acting Rutgers University. www.craigmacarthur.com
Others: Lighting design by Elaine Wong, Sound Design by Matthew Bittner and Production manager/PSM is Mae Frankeberger