in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
by Larry Kirwan
directed by Charlotte Moore
April 12- May 21, 2017
Dr. Noel Browne was elected to the Irish Parliament in the general election of 1948. Handsome, intense, arrogant, and unpredictable, he was only 33 years of age, with few political skills but a burning ambition to rid Ireland of the scourge of tuberculosis which had wiped out most of his family. Upon the introduction of his “Mother & Child Scheme”—a plan to provide free postnatal care to women and children under the age of 16—he quickly found himself at odds with the “Man of Destiny,” party leader and ex-Irish Republican Army chief, Sean McBride, and the ruthless, obsessive tactician, Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. John Charles McQuaid.
Larry Kirwan’s Rebel in the Soul closely examines the maneuvering of these three charismatic people and the ensuing crisis that brought down the government and changed Irish life forever.
“A politically-charged drama that’s both informative and compelling…. Rebel in the Soul is your chance to experience some of the most formidable characters in Irish history up close and personal in Irish Repertory Theatre’s cozy atmosphere.” –Stage Buddy
“looks into the shadowlands of Irish history… a triple-decker drama” -CurtainUp
“the show is superb and the cast is just great…You’ll enjoy every moment” –Irish Examiner
“consistently gripping” –Broadway Blog
“I urge everyone to see this splendid play” -Black Tie Magazine