Byrne to star in O'Neill play on B'way

Aug. 24, 2005 at 6:58 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has signed on to star in the new Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's play, "A Touch of the Poet."

To be helmed by Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes, the Roundabout Theatre Company production is also expected to star Dearbhla Molloy, Emily Bergl, John Horton, Byron Jennings, Kathryn Meisle, Randall Newsome, Ciaran O'Reilly and Daniel Stewart Sherman.

Hughes recently directed Jon Robin Baitz's "The Paris Letter" and Stephen Belber's "McReele" for Roundabout.

He has also signed on to direct the company's New York premiere of Richard Greenberg's new comedy, "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way," beginning Sept. 13.

Set in a shabby tavern outside Boston in 1828, "A Touch of the Poet" focuses on an Irish immigrant who fancies himself a distinguished gentleman despite all evidence to the contrary.

He finds himself in a quandary when his daughter falls for the son of a wealthy American and he insists on maintaining his European gentility.

Previews are slated to begin Nov. 11, with an official opening night planned for Dec. 8 at Studio 54 on Broadway.

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