on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage
Irish Repertory Theatre presents
World Stage Premiere of
By Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Louise Lowe
With Marie Mullen and Jamie O’Neill
The great Irish actress Marie Mullen gives a performance of gripping intensity…one of the finest actors of her generation. – The Wall Street Journal
O’Neill touchingly evokes that sense of weariness mixed with genuine concern to his performance, holding his own against a force-of-nature Mullen. – Theatermania
The galvanic Mullen shows impressive range, channeling Molly Bloom in a fist-pumping soliloquy about having sex as a sexagenarian. – The New York Times
On the morning of her 67th birthday, Máire sits up in bed enjoying a cigarette. She has recently been swept off her feet by a stranger and hasn’t felt this alive in years, but a visit from her son with dark revelations challenges the euphoria.
Deirdre Kinahan’s fiercely funny and utterly gripping new play charts an extraordinary shift in Ireland’s social, political, and religious life. It asks questions about responsibility, how we respond to trauma, and the tricky question of forgiveness.
It stars legendary Irish actress Marie Mullen (The Music Man, Broadway; The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Druid, for which she won a Tony Award) in a tour-de-force performance. She is joined by Jamie O’Neill in this riveting two-hander directed by one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors, Louise Lowe.
The Saviour was first broadcast online in 2021 and makes its world stage premiere at the Irish Rep this summer.
Deirdre Kinahan is an award-winning Irish playwright. Her most recent work includes An Old Song, Half Forgotten, written for the Irish actor Bryan Murray who is living with Alzheimers, which has just played a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre.
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers, whose work in New York includes several plays (and one opera) by Enda Walsh at St. Ann’s Warehouse; Deirdre Kinahan’s Halcyon Days at Irish Arts Center; Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie at BAM Next Wave; and Gabriel Byrne’s Walking with Ghosts on Broadway. Led by Anne Clarke since the company’s foundation in 2003, its productions have received multiple awards and have been seen in leading theatres internationally. Landmark’s 28 world premieres include new plays by major Irish writers such as Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and Deirdre Kinahan, featuring a roll-call of Ireland’s finest actors, directors and designers. In January 2021 it established Landmark Live, a new online streaming platform which enables it to bring the thrill of live theatre to audiences around the world. landmarkproductions.ie
Not suitable for those under the age of 16
Supported by Culture Ireland
Reviews from previous productions:
‘rare and joyful … ambitious and emotionally complex’
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ ‘This riveting play … explodes expectations’
★★★★ ‘the performances are flawless’
Irish Mail on Sunday