Buffalo Spree: World Premiere Comedy For Irish Classical

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY –( WKBW / release ) "Fish Out Of Water" runs March 1st through 25th at the The Irish Classical Theatre Company. Darwin McPherson from Buffalo Spree magazine previews the production with Mike Randall on "Eyewitness News This Morning."

The ICTC continues its 2011-2012 Season proudly presenting the World Premiere production of Fish Out of Water by Gillian Grattan. Directed by ICTC Producing Director Fortunato Pezzimenti, this first round winner in ICTC’s Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. McGuire International Playwriting Competition is a side-splitting comedy with powerful dark undertones set in a rural Irish village.

Fish Out of Water, also a finalist of Stage Write, Galway Theatre Festival 2010, is the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s third World Premiere production of a play penned by an Irish resident or national in recent years. Two of the three were gleaned from over 100 works from all 32 counties of Ireland entered into ICTC’s Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. McGuire International Playwriting Competition. They are Fish Out of Water by Gillian Grattan (2012) and The Cant by Shay Linehan (2010). ICTC’s first international World Premiere production was The Cobbler by Bryan Delaney (2005).

A Dublin native, playwright Gillian Grattan currently resides in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. She is a graduate of the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, who also studied television, film and theatre at San Jose State University. A co-founder of the Blackout Theatre Company, Coleraine, she was recipient of the Kilkenny Artlinks Bursary in 2010 and Tyrone Guthrie Bursary, 2011. A radio version of Fish Out of Water under the title “Hooked!” was awarded silver at the PPI National Radio Awards 2010.

Director Fortunato Pezzimenti traveled to Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, this Fall to meet with the playwright and to visit locations and local residents who inspired the work. Ms. Grattan will be in Buffalo, where she will participate in Talk Backs following performances and educational outreach opportunities, for the Opening weekend of the World Premiere production.

In Fish Out of Water, attractive young Lydia (Diane Curley) returns to a small rural village to settle her late grandmother’s estate, moving into the cottage of “Nanny Cat” next door to Tom (Christian Brandjes), a man with a titillating and hilarious secret, and Mary (Beth Donohue), his uncouth and nosy wife. Dubliner Lydia is fascinating to the townsfolk and quickly becomes the object of curiosity, as her neighbor Mary fuels the gossip. Tension mounts between the two women, and in retaliation, Lydia feigns interest in Tom, setting in motion a gripping and unexpected chain of events sure to thrill.

Director Fortunato Pezzimenti commented, “Remarkably, although the audience sees only three characters, Gillian has created an impressive array of characters who serve to illuminate the world of Fish Out of Water. She has both a natural gift for dialogue with a vivid, concise and humorous writing style and great insight into the human comedy.”

Supporting the production are Production Stage Manager Renee Radzavich, Assistant Stage Manager Nicole Drozd, Technical Director and Lighting Designer Brian Cavanagh, Set Designer Ron Schwartz, Sound Designer Tom Makar, Costume Designer Marie Hasselback Costa and Hair/Make-up Designer Susan Drozd.

Fish Out of Water opens at the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, Buffalo on Thursday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, March 25. Performances will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM with matinees Saturdays at 3PM and Sundays at 2PM.

Money saving Mini Flex Packs of 3 of 4 tickets to use as you please are on sale now. Single tickets ranging in price from $34 to $42 are also on sale now. Student tickets are available for just $15 with valid student ID. The first Saturday matinee performance of Fish Out of Water, Saturday, March 3 at 3PM, is Pay As You Can.

To purchase a Mini Flex Pack, to buy single tickets or for more information on ICTC’s 2011-2012 Season, please call 716.853.ICTC (4282) or visit www.irishclassicaltheatre.com.