Once again The MAC will be bringing a local production to the stage. From Tuesday 26th June, Appendage, a black comedy drama by New-York based Dublin-born playwright Derek Murphy, will begin its 5 day run in Upstairs at the MAC.
The play, which is being produced by local theatre company c21, is set on one night in an affluent New York suburb and is a dark, comic, psychological thriller that tells a tale of love, death, betrayal, booze and a rather comfy sofa.
The two-hander is starring New York actor Nick Hardin alongside c21’s co-founder Stephen Kelly, who is originally from Ballymena and now lives in north Belfast.
Appendage centres on Jack and Peter, two very different men who are brought together one night as a result of a road traffic accident. Peter invites Jack into his house to recuperate and as the evening unfolds we realize the men have more in common than initially thought. As the men share their most intimate and profound secrets, a strange tenuous bond develops between them and their ties to a woman sees them both fighting for their lives.
Since a successful reading of the play in last year’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Festival in Belfast, the Arts Council funded to bring Derek over to workshop and develop the play in the Lyric Theatre. It then went into full production and after a short Northern Ireland tour, it arrives at The MAC on 26th June.
There are high hopes for this local production as the play will be featuring as a rehearsed reading in New York as part of the TRU Voices Play Series. Appendage is one of three plays to be selected out of a submitted 100 to be read in front of a number of high profile American theatre producers. The aim of the reading is for the play to be picked up by a producer and financed for full production and touring in America, and who knows where after that!
Appendage opens in Upstairs at The MAC from Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th June. For information and tickets check out the MAC website.