Internationally acclaimed rugby storyALONE IT STANDS, about the shocking 1978 Irish defeat of New Zealand’s champion team, makes NYC premiere as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival at 59E59 Theaters
ALONE IT STANDS
written and directed by John Breen
Origin's 1st Irish Festival at 59E59, 59 East 59th Street. January 10, 2019, through January 27.
On October 31, 1978 a small Irish provincial rugby team called Munster beat the New Zealand All Blacks 12-0.
It was an event that rocked Ireland. The All Blacks was rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history. Ireland was in the grip of a recession and war was waging in the North. This David vs Goliath victory captured and entranced Irish people everywhere. This is the story of that great day.
A cast of six actors performs 62 characters including: two rugby teams, the coaches, the fans, The Bunratty singers, nurses, street urchins, a pregnant woman in labor, two babies, and a dog. There is a bonfire, a birth, a wake, and a rugby match that will never be forgotten.
ALONE IT STANDS opened at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in 2000 and transferred to the West End, where The Guardian said it was “A small play with a big, unaffected heart…staged with considerable verve… Like the match itself, the whole evening is a gloriously live experience.” The play has since gone on to tour throughout the world to wide acclaim. The 1st Irish festival run marks its NYC premiere.
The cast features Chase Guthrie Knueven (NYC Debut); Ed Malone (The Home Place, Juno and the Paycock, The Weir at Irish Rep); Rob McDermott (It Folds at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin), David O'Hara (Three Small Irish Masterpieces, Juno and the Paycock at Irish Rep), Henry Raber (Theatre Smash at the York Theatre); and Sarah Street (Rebel in the Soul at Irish Rep).
Lighting design is Michael O Connor with the remaining design team to be announced.
John Breen (playwright/director) is best known as the writer/ director of the hit play Alone It Stands which tells the story of Munster’s victory over the All Blacks in 1978. He was awarded the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award in February 2000 for Best Director for his direction. The play has been seen all over Ireland, the UK, Australia, France, Malaysia, New Zealand and in Tasmania. It is estimated that two hundred and sixty thousand people worldwide have seen the play. It is on the National curriculum in Ireland for Middle schools.