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" HOME IS WHERE YOU FIND IT - EVEN FOR PEARLDIVERS"
1999-08-22 until 1999-08-29
American Theatre of Actors
New York, NY, USA United States of America

How hard do you fight for homeNULL In the case of the diverse group in the World Premiere of Tim Marks PEARLDIVERS - produced by Hand Rubbed Productions and playing at the American Theatre of Actors (ATA), the answer is different for each individual.

Set in Londons East End in the not-too-distant past, a squalid squat is the home of Ally - an Irish Sociopath; The Prof - an English book thief whos unhappy with his sexuality; and Terry and Ronny - lifelong friends who crossed over from Ireland together and who are content to make a living as Pearldivers (Casual Dishwashers). The group lives hard, but not without humor and affection. However things change when Spiv, a sometimes hustler and full-time screw-up recently arrived from Dublin, moves in. Almost immediately, Spivs actions threaten the already tenuous security of the squat. And with enemies as varied as the power company, the police and the TV license enforcement bureau, the lads do not need any more problems. When the inevitable happens and friendships and their home are threatened, each member of the household must decide for themselves just what the real meaning of Home is. A notion that is clearer for some then for others. PEARLDIVERS is the second part of a Tricolour Travellers Trilogy, examining the myth of the home as seen through the eyes of the Irish. Connected by the Celtic Strand, the trilogy examines what the modern Celtic Nation takes and what they leave behind when they travel abroad. Part one of this series, Locating The Plant, was produced by the ATA in February 1996. After six staged readings, This marks the first fully staged production of PEARLDIVERS, directed with compassion and humor by David Hayden and with a cast that includes Tom Delahanty, Calvin Gladen, Sean Heeny, Kevin Lee, Michael Worth and Richard Lester (an ex-professional soccer player for the New York Cosmos). Hand Rubbed Productions was formed by Catherine Pries in 1999. Her goal is to produce worthwhile plays by playwrights who want to avoid the pitfalls of community theatre productions. This is Catherines debut production. PEARLDIVERS plays at the American Theatre of Actors, located at 314 West 54th Street, (between 8th and 9th Avenues) from August 22nd - 29th. All performances are at 8pm. Tickets are $15.00, with $12.00 for students and seniors. For reservations call 212-581-3044. Press information: 212-242-1648.


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