A PERFORMANCE ON SCREEN
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly
Starring Dan Butler, Sean Gormley, John Keating, Amanda Quaid, and Tim Ruddy
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon darkens as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own…
Conor McPherson’s The Weir is a haunting evocative evening you will never forget. This new production was filmed remotely from quarantine and designed for a digital experience as part of Irish Rep’s Summer Online Season in July of 2020; it is the third Irish Rep production of The Weir. The 2013 Irish Rep production of The Weir was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival. Due to audience demand, The Weir was revived again in Irish Rep’s 2015 season.
“by far the most impressive socially distanced theater webcast I have seen… Irish Rep is now way out in front of every other company in America when it comes to marrying technical innovation with artistic quality.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“as close to theatrical experience as one can hope for these days. It doesn’t hurt that the play is one of the best that Irish theater – and by extension world theater- has produced in 25 years.” – Joe Westerfield, Newsweek
Press from our past productions of The Weir:
“The Weir…invites us to re-examine the theater, and to ask ourselves what we seek from stories and those who tell them.” – The New York Times
“an elegant, funny, moving distillation and celebration of the uniquely Irish way with words” –The New Yorker
We would like Conor McPherson and his agent Nick Marston at Curtis Brown Agency for their support of this special event. Thanks to Laura Knight Keating, Richard Waterhouse, and Janice Gormley for their invaluable contribution to the filming of The Weir.
The Weir is produced under the SAG -AFTRA New Media Agreement.