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    Communion

    The American premiere of "COMMUNION," the critically acclaimed dark comedy by award-winning Irish playwright AIDAN MATHEWS about a disparate family that attempts to put aside differences of faith as they gather together for the last days of a terminally ill young man. Nominated for the Irish Times' prestigious Best Play Award in 2002, "Communion" is directed by M. BURKE WALKER (founding Artistic Director of Seattle's renowned Empty Space Theatre). Set in a fashionable Dublin suburb, "Communion" is about two brothers, one family and the many faiths that make up modern life. 30-year-old Jordan lays in his boyhood bedroom, stoically suffering through what could be the final stages of the brain tumor that derailed his lifelong ambition of becoming a doctor. Attending to his needs (and bickering relentlessly all the while) are his charismatic younger brother Marcus, who's been in and out of psychiatric institutions, and their overly pious mother. The family is joined at various times by a chipper Methodist neighbor, a Catholic priest who's just returned from Rwanda and Marcus' free-spirited girlfriend. As Jordan's condition worsens, those close to him learn to let go, to hang on . . . and finally, to reach out. The play premiered in 2002 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the National Theatre of Ireland, where it was nominated for the Irish Times' prestigious Best Play Award. Critics were virtually unanimous in their praise for "Communion." The Sunday Tribune called it "a raw powerful play that will take your breath away." The Sunday Business Post wrote "It's impossible to find fault with this excellent and insightful play. It's a cliche to say so, but you will laugh, you will cry, you will find something of yourself in it — and yes, you may even be a little wiser when the curtain comes down. 'Communion' should not be missed."

    Dates:  Jan. 7, 2005 - Jan. 23, 2005
    Previews start: Jan. 6, 2005
    Schedule:  Wed.-Mon. 8 p.m.
    Venue:  Phil Bosakowski Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. (btw. 8th and 9th Aves.)
    Price:  $15
    Company:  Origin Theatre Co.
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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