by Roddy Doyle
Brownbread is a riotous comedy/satire set in Roddy Doyle’s mythical Barrytown as three young men kidnap a bishop, because they accidentally find a gun and have nothing better to do that day. Almost immediately, the Corporation house they’re holed up in is under siege, first of all by the Gardaí, then by the U.S. Marines who are sent in by the American President when it emerges that the bishop has an American passport. Written in 1988, it is remarkable to see how the more things change, the more they remain the same with politics, religion, media spin, misinformation, ignorance and self-interest.
Produced by special arrangement with Curtis Brown Group Ltd.
Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven novels, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written seven books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors and he has written the stage adaptation for The Commitments. He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family, When Brendan Met Trudy and he co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments.
He lives and works in Dublin.
Directed by Gregory Breen • Produced by Geraldine Browne
Stage Managed by Gina Taylor • Set Design by Baśka Szóstak
Costumes by Bernadette Hunt • Lighting Design by Treva Marlett
Sound Design by Sean Treacy
The Lads: Ao Farrell • Michael Murphy / John Murray • Enda Reilly / Donkey • Donagh Heffernan
The Clergy: Bishop Treacy • Rob Candy
The Parents: Mr. Farrell • Bernard Ryan / Mrs. Farrell • Debby Sinera / Mrs. Murray • Susan Eckerle
The Police: Plain-clothes Guard • Alice Keane / Uniformed Guard • Candice McIndoo
The Marines: Lt. George Bukowski • Erik Bracciodieta / Private Crabacre • Kayne Wylie
The Media: Maurice Murphy • Jonathan Macdonald / Nuala (TV Continuity VO) • Órla O’Connell
The Hawkers: Fiona Kelly • Livia Pravato
Dave Fanning • Gregory Breen / The Boy • Henry Gill / Ronald Regan • Jonathan Macdonald / Charlie Bird & Pat Kenny • Howard Quinn
This cast includes actors familiar from the TIP stage (The Seafarer; Dancing at Lughnasa), actors experienced on stages all around town, and welcoming newcomers to the group! TIP audiences will know Gregory Breen's direction from Many Young Men Of Twenty.
Thursday October 19 @ 8 p.m. (PWYC - $15 min)
Friday October 20 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday October 21 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday October 22 @ 2 p.m.
Thursday October 26 @ 8 p.m. (PWYC - $15 min)
Friday October 27 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday October 28 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday October 29 @ 2 p.m.
Thursday November 2 @ 8 p.m.
Friday November 3 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday November 4 @ 8 p.m.
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For the safety of the cast and the production, it is highly recommended that you wear a mask, though not a requirement. If there is an outbreak among the cast, crew or volunteers, the entire production is jeopardized. Our staff and crew will be masked, although the performers will not be. Volunteers are also double vaccinated. If Covid conditions change, we reserve the right to require stricter protocols for patrons.