The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the previously reported world premiere of Transport. With a book and lyrics by Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List) and music by Larry Kirwan, the show will feature stars including Jessica Grové (A Little Night Music) and Emily Skeggs (Fun Home). Directed by Tony and Oscar winner Tony Walton, the production will begin performances February 7 and run through April 6 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Opening night is set for February 16.
Joing Grové and Skeggs onstage will be Mark Coffin, Patrick Cummings (Jack…), Terry Donnelly (Juno and the Paycock), Sean Gormley (The Weir), Pearl Rhein (Volpone) and Edward Watts (Scandalous).
Inspired by a true story, Transport follows the journey of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so-called “undesirables”) who were deported on The Whisper, a prison liner, to the Australian penal colonies. Transport transcends time, place and character intertwined with the strong Irish spirit and a shared and enduring humanity.
The Transport creative team will include set design by Tony Walton, costume design by Linda Fisher and lighting design by Richard Pilbrow