Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Liam Neeson

I’m so glad Liam Neeson will be back on a New York stage for the Lincoln Center Festival this summer. I met Liam several years ago when he was doing The Crucible on Broadway. We sat in his dressing room and he shared with me the importance faith and prayer play in his life for my book Working on the Inside: The Spiritual Life Through the Eyes of Actors.

This time he’ll be part of Gate/Beckett, presented by the Gate Theater of Dublin, comprising three short one-man Beckett works, playing July 16-27. Ralph Fiennes and Irish actor Barry McGovern will also be featured.

Liam will be in Eh Joe. Originally written for television, the work has been adapted for the stage by Atom Egoyan, who will also direct. "Joe sits alone in a room, prodded into uncomfortable thought by Penelope Wilton's disembodied voice. A projected close-up of his face is all the tortured expression the audience needs to understand the pain of a memory explored," according to press notes.

Also part of Gate/Beckett will be an afternoon of Beckett's poetry and prose on July 26. Liam, Fiennes and McGovern are scheduled to read selections from Beckett's work at 2 p.m. in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, where Gate/Beckett takes place.

Tickets go on sale to the general public March 28. For tickets and further information visit www.lincolncenter.org.

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