Field Day culture year play set for New York

Following the success of the world première in Derry last year, Field Day has revealed that it has teamed up with the renowned Signature Theatre to present Sam Shepard’s “A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)” in New York later this year.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Stephen Rea, who founded Field Day with Brian Friel in 1980, will reprise his role as Oedipus alongside other members of the original cast, including actors Brid Brennan, Judith Roddy, from Derry, Lloyd Hutchinson and composer and cellist Neil Martin.

“A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)” will have an initial run of six weeks, previewing from November 11 with a star-studded gala opening planned for November 23.

Stephen Rea said: “It’s exciting that Field Day is travelling to America for the first time with a new work by the great American playwright Sam Shepard.

“It’s a real honour to be working with New York’s Signature Theatre to bring this production to an international audience. The play was specifically written for Derry, where Sam walked the walls every day of rehearsals.

“Derry is alive and embedded in this highly original conversation with the Greeks, offering us, I believe, a very special moment in English speaking theatre.”

James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, said: “We are so grateful to be collaborating with Stephen Rea and Field Day and to host the company in its American debut.”