The Festival’s longstanding tradition of presenting exceptional theatrical productions at Dock Street Theatre continues in 2022. Irish theatre producer Landmark Productions brings the U.S. Premiere of The Approach to the stage over the course of 11 performances and here is what you should know:
This 65-minute play will take you deep into the inner lives of three women— Anna (Aisling O’Sullivan), Cora (Catherine Walker), and Denise (Derbhle Crotty), as they ask each other questions and fear for the truthful answers. Utterly riveting and engrossing, Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe reveals a profound truth about relationships, and about our deep, abiding need to make sense of our world. What will they reveal to each other? And what does each of them have to hide? The Approach is a play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late.
A Little More…
Mark O’Rowe (writer/director)
Mark O’Rowe plays include The Approach (Landmark Productions); From Both Hips (Fishamble Theatre Company); Howie the Rookie (Bush Theatre); Made in China (Peacock Theatre); Crestfall (Gate Theatre); Terminus (Peacock Theatre), and Our Few and Evil Days (Best New Play, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards) (Abbey Theatre). He has also adapted several works, including Hedda Gabler (Abbey Theatre) and DruidShakespeare, an amalgamation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays (Druid). Screenplays include Intermission, Boy A, Perrier’s Bounty, Broken, and The Delinquent Season, which he also directed.
Aisling O’Sullivan (Anna)
Aisling O’Sullivan is an associate artist with Druid Theatre Company. Theater credits include The Approach (Landmark Productions); King Lear (Cort Theatre, Broadway); Furniture, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Drama League nomination), Henry V (Lincoln Center Festival), Big Maggie, Bailegangaire, and The Playboy of the Western World (Best Support Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards) (Druid); The Wake, The Cripple of Inishmaan (National Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi (Royal Shakespeare Company); Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Hysteria (Royal Court). Film credits include Joyride, Sparrow, Snap, Dark Lie the Island, The Secret Scripture, The Butcher Boy, and Six Shooter (Best Short Film, Oscars). Television credits include Frank of Ireland, The Clinic (Best Actress, Irish Film and Television Awards), and Raw.
Catherine Walker (Cora)
Catherine Walker has theater credits that include Talk of the Town (Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Miss Julie and Blackbird (Landmark Productions); Hedda Gabler, The House, Terminus (Abbey Theatre) Our New Girl, A Streetcar Named Desire (Best Supporting Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), and Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic). Film and television credits include House of Gucci; Cursed; The Deceived; Versailles; Dark Song (Best Actress, Oporto International Film Festival; Best Actress nomination, Irish Film and Television Awards); Patrick’s Day (Best Support Actress nomination, Irish Film and Television Awards); Critical (Best Actress nomination, Irish Film and Television Award). Catherine trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.
Derbhle Crotty (Denise)
Derbhle Crotty is an associate artist of Druid Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Theater credits include The Approach (Landmark Productions); Theatre for One (Landmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals); To the Lighthouse (Hatch and Everyman Theatre); Portia Coughlan, The Great Hunger, Anna Karenina, The Dead, Marble, Three Sisters (Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), The Plough and the Stars, Bailegangaire, Portia Coughlan, Katie Roche, and The Mai (Abbey Theatre); and The Cherry Orchard, Druid Shakespeare (Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards). Film and television credits include Mandrake, Come Home, Paula, Citizen Lane, Joy, Noble, Stella Days, Notes on a Scandal, and Inside I’m Dancing.
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The Approach will take the stage at Dock Street Theatre beginning Monday, May 30, and will run until Sunday, June 12.