The second play in MALIBU PLAYHOUSE’s 2013-2014 season will be the West Coast Premiere of Belfry.
Belfry first premiered in 1991 at the Bush Theatre in London and then transferred to the Abbey Theatre and the Theatre Royal. It was subsequently filmed for the BBC with the original cast. Belfry is the third play in Roche’s internationally renowned The Wexford Trilogy, which was performed in its entirety in 1992 and inspired playwrights Conor McPherson and Martin McDonagh, both of whom credit Roche as “the godfather of the contemporary Irish play.”
In Belfry, Artie O’Leary is a lonely, middle-aged man who lives with his invalid mother and works as a sacristan in the Catholic church in small-town Wexford. He falls in love with Angela, the married woman who changes flowers at the church, and when he kisses her after the birthday party for a troubled altar boy, their passionate affair in the church’s belfry begins. Artie’s life changes for the better, until a stunning betrayal tears he and Angela apart.
Director Veronica Brady has served as Artistic Director and founder of three theatre companies specializing in new American plays and has received awards for Artistic Excellence, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brady has been frequently nominated for Los Angeles Ovation Awards and LA Weekly Awards, having won Best Director and Best Play. Some of her film and television credits include: Patrick Dempsey – Racing Le Mans, Discovery (Producer) documentary series; Ethel, a film by Rory Kennedy (Producer) HBO, 5 Emmy Nominations and Sundance Official entry; The Alzheimers Project: Grandpa Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver, HBO (Supervising Producer), 2009 Emmy Award, Television Critics Award; Every Fifteen Minutes (Director), short film on drunk driving and teens 2009 Telly Award.
Of the play, Brady says: “Belfry is a brilliant play. It has all the components - beautiful language, challenging characters, rousing music and a mythical Irish setting. Typical of great Irish literature,
it’s both uproariously comic and painfully tragic – the perfect concoction for a night of great theatre.”