North­ern Ire­land re­li­gious strife fo­cus of one-woman play

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW -

“Belfast Blues,” a onewoman play writ­ten and per­formed by Geral­dine Hughes and di­rected by Carol Kane, will be pre­sented Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. at the McKenna Theatre on the State Univer­sity of New York at New Paltz cam­pus, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz.

“Belfast Blues” is a tapestry of sto­ries told from Hughes’ per­spec­tive as a lit­tle girl com­ing of age in the war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. Pas­sion­ate, riv­et­ing, of­ten hu­mor­ous, these sto­ries bear in­sight­ful wit­ness to the many faces of “try­ing to live a nor­mal life” amidst the vi­o­lence born of the long-stand­ing strife be­tween Catholics and Protes­tants.

The play was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kim Ter­rell and The Vir­tual Theatre Pro­ject in 2003, and pro­duced by Steven Klein and Matt Shak­man as the first play in Black Dahlia’s 2003 sea­son in Los An­ge­les.

Hughes is an Ir­ish ac­tress. Born in West Belfast, she has ap­peared in films such as “Du­plex,” “Rocky Bal­boa” and “Gran Torino.” She also played Mary Todd Lin­coln in “Killing Lin­coln” and ap­peared as Dr. Nina in the TV show “The Blacklist.” Her Broad­way cred­its in­clude “Jerusalem,” “Trans­la­tions” and “Cyrano de Begerac.”

Kane made her Broad­way de­but in “Ring Around the Bath­tub.” Best known as Simka on the ac­claimed sit­com “Taxi” and as Lil­lian on the pop­u­lar Net­flix show “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt,” Kane has ap­peared in such films as “An­nie Hall,” “Dog Day Af­ter­noon” and “Hester Street,” which earned her an Os­car nod. Broad­way cred­its in­clude “Wicked,” “The Ef­fect of Gamma Rays on Man-inthe-Moon Marigolds,” “Sly Fox” and the 2012 re­vival of “Har­vey.”

Tick­ets are $20, $18 for se­niors ages 62 and older, New Paltz fac­ulty and staff, and non-New Paltz stu­dents. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for SUNY New Paltz stu­dents.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the Parker Theatre box of­fice or the McKenna Theatre box of­fice an hour be­fore the per­for­mance. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased on­line at new­paltz.edu/the atre/ Call (845) 257-3880 or send an email box­of­fice@ new­paltz.edu.

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Geral­dine Hughes

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