An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center,
in association with The Raven Playhouse, is proud to present...
The Au Pair Man, by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard, on one level a parable about the bitter enmity between Ireland and England, is a dark, sometimes foreboding comedy about an ambitious young Irishman living in London, who seeks the position of au pair, a live-in employee of a mysterious, attractive middle-aged woman of position and wealth. Eugene Hartigan and Mrs. Rogers, the two characters in the play, engage in a deadly dance of wit, will, and courtly manners, leaving us with that wise old dictum: "Be careful what you wish for."
"The Au Pair Man" nominated for the 1974 Tony award for Best Play when it appeared on Broadway, and this spring it is the focus of the Celtic Arts Center's resurgence in theatrical endeavors. We are excited to have a talented company bring this fine play to life. Director Joe Praml is known by long-time members and the theatrical community for his work in directing "Once a Catholic", which earned him a Dramalogue award. He also directed Eugene O' Neill's "Sea Plays" for the Center ("Bound East for Cardiff" and "The Long Voyage Home"), and was afterwards given a Eugene O' Neill Centennial Memorial Commendation from the City of Los Angeles.
About the Playwright: Hugh Leonard (1927-2009) was considered the most prolific of modern Irish playwrights, with 25 original plays and several adaptations, seven motion pictures, and 225 television episodes to his credit. He is best known in America for the plays "Da" and "A Life.".
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