Famine

“In a summer of theater riches, DruidMurphy might be the season’s best.”
—New York Times

Famine

Sat, July 7 at 7:30*

Thu, July 12 at 7:30

*Preview   †Opening

Full Cycle: experience all three plays in one day

Sun, July 8 at 1:00†

Sat, July 14 at 1:00


By Tom Murphy
Director Garry Hynes
Cast Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh, Joseph Ward

This wrenching look at perhaps Ireland’s bleakest era opens in 1846 in the village of Glanconnor, County Mayo, where the second crop of potatoes has failed and the community faces the very real prospect of starvation. John Connor, head of the family, leader of the village, son of glorious forefathers, will do the right thing by his family, by God—and moreover by himself.

First produced in 1968, Famine is one of Murphy’s earliest works and also one of his most powerful, reflecting light into the darkest corners of the collective Irish consciousness. The Irish Independent calls it “a classic” that “burns through to the very soul of all of us.”

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

This performance is approximately two hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.

A Whistle in the Dark

Conversations on a Homecoming

Full Cycle

Symposium: Druid and Tom Murphy: A Celebration

“The best-kept secret of Irish theater: Tom Murphy.”—New York Times

Please note: For all events at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, please use the theater’s new entrance at 524 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Co-produced by Lincoln Center Festival, Quinnipiac University, NUI Galway, and Galway Arts Festival.
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