IRISH PLAY SERIES
IRISH PLAY SERIES
TRAD by Mark Doherty
January 13, 2018
Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
"A craic at the Irish in true Beckett style." - Evening Standard
“This is the sort of play to restore one's faith in Irish theatre - a performance to live long in the memory....the audience were in hysterics.” - Irish Examiner
BPA opens its inaugural Irish Play Series with Mark Doherty’s TRAD, a recent production of which the Irish Times described as “Waiting for Godot meets Dancing at Lughnasa.”
TRAD is a feast of Irish words. Mark Doherty weaves a surreal tale of the importance of tradition and legacy as an ancient father “Da” and his 100 year old son “Thomas” embark on a road trip to find their long lost heir. With infirmities befitting their advanced years – Thomas has only one good arm and his “Da” has a wooden leg – the twosome set off on a road they’ve rarely travelled out of their village. This absurd comedy that weaves stories of Ireland’s past poverty and hard life is more than merely a unique communication between father and son. Thomas is a stranger in his own strange land. He constantly asks to turn around, go back home, abandon the quest, which his centenarian-plus father will not let him do. They are bound together on this journey, with father teaching son. A feast of brilliant Irish banter and wit, TRAD both skewers and pays homage to Irish stereotypes and tall tales.
Writer Mark Doherty performed as a stand-up around Ireland, England and in Edinburgh, Adelaide and New York between 1995 and 2000. His play, TRAD, won a Fringe First at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Bush Theatre in April 2006. Mark has just been nominated for Best Script (Film) at the Irish Film and Television Awards (2009) for A Film With Me In It.
Director Wilson Milam began his career in Seattle. He has worked in Dublin, London and New York. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for his direction of Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe.
Presented through special permissionof United Agents LLP
Recommended for ages 13+
Pictured above (L to R): Director Wilson Milam, Kimberly Kay King (Father Rice), MJ Seiber (Son/Thomas), Ken Grantham (Da), and Helen Heaslip (Sal).