on the Francis J Greenburger Mainstage
Irish Repertory Theatre presents
An Expand the Canon reading of
The Sons of Erin
By Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu
Directed by TBA
Tuesday March 19 2024 at 7pm
If you’re looking for a plot-twist-filled farce with bold schemes to fight prejudice… consider this comedy from the elusive Irish playwright, Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu. When the eldest daughter of an upper-class English family marries an Irishman, she is cast out and the whole family is thrown into disarray. But what if that Irishman comes back to prove himself to the family… disguised as a distinguished secretary? What secrets does he uncover? Can the family ever look past their own bias and reconcile? Full of comedic mix ups and shocking plot twists, The Sons of Erin shines a light on the nonsensical nature of prejudice.
Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu (1753-1817) was a major influence in the Dublin artistic community. Even so, not much is actually known about her. Le Fanu was born and married into two prolific artistic families. Her father was an actor; her mother was a novelist and playwright; her sister published two novels; and her niece, Alicia Le Fanu (commonly mistaken for Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu), was a prolific writer. Many more in the Sheridan-Le Fanu families wrote and published – men and women alike. The family was known for their support of women’s education and writing. For example, when Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu could not be present for the last few rehearsals of The Sons of Erin, her nephew took her place to see the process through.