FOR RELEASE 4/10/05
Hard-hitting Furious Theatre premiere examines origins of conflict in Northern Ireland
Furious Theatre Company concludes its first season in residence at the Pasadena Playhouse Balcony Theatre with the U.S. premiere of British playwright Gary Mitchells Tearing the Loom. The production opens May 27 and runs through June 26 (Previews: May 24 - 26 at 7:30 p.m.). Regular performances will be Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse Balcony Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, California 91101.
"Remember your scriptures. Proverbs 20 and 18. 'Every counsel has a purpose and with good advice make war.' This Rebellion is a war against God, and you and I have been wrought from soil and clay and fashioned into warriors so that we might protect the children of God from their enemies."
Set in a weaver's cottage in County Armagh Ireland at the time of the 1798 Rebellion, Gary Mitchells explosive drama is a searing portrait of a community divided against itselfwith inevitably tragic consequences.
Tearing the Loom received its World Premiere in 1998 at Belfasts Lyric Theatre. Mitchell is one of the UKs hottest new playwrights having won both the George Devine and Evening Standard awards for Most Promising Playwright. His plays have been produced at Londons National Theatre where he was Writer in Residence, as well as the legendary Royal Court Theatre and Dublins Abbey Theatre. Irelands Tribune described Mitchells work as that rarest of experiences: a viscerally and emotionally charged juggernaut which slams into the body leaving the head and heart reeling in its wake.
Tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased online at www.furioustheatre.org, at the Pasadena Playhouse Customer Service Center (open from 12 p.m. until curtain on performance days, and 12 p.m. 6 p.m. on Mondays) or by calling the box office at 626-356-PLAY. Single ticket prices range from $15 - $24; Students $5; Previews: $12. Furious Theatre Company continues its residency at the Pasadena Playhouse Balcony Theatre in October 2005 with a World Premiere adaptation to be announced this summer.