EgoPo’s season begins with celebrated Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s collaboration with the experimental Theatre O on Delirium. This raucous revisioning distills this great novel to its brutal essence. Through an explosion of light, sound and puppetry, this theatrical outburst of toxic masculinity grabs audiences by the throat. Three brothers are locked in an eternal family struggle with their abusive patriarch culminating in an epic theological battle.
Enda Walsh is an Obie Award-winning playwright and screenwriter known for his plays Disco Pigs, Penelope, and The Walworth Farce, along with the book for the Tony Award-winning musical Once, and his collaboration with David Bowie on the musical Lazarus. The Irish Independent called him “the most exciting and original Irish writer of this time.” Theatre O has toured work all over the world, pursuing collaborative projects that the New York Times has called “vivid and enlightening, inventive and compelling theatre.”
This Philadelphia premiere will be directed by Brenna Geffers, whose bold, physical style has been most recently seen at EgoPo in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, which will be seen again later this month at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.
EgoPo’s Delirium is co-produced with Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Theater by the Grove, and features IUP alumni Chris Anthony (Machinal, The Hairy Ape), Kayla Anthony, Kelly McCaughan, and Johnny Smith (GINT, Anne Frank). The cast will also feature EgoPo favorite Ross Beschler (Machinal, Lady from the Sea, Waiting for Godot) and the incomparable Robert Smythe (Mum Puppettheatre) as Fyodor Karamazov.
Delirium will be staged at The Latvian Society Theater. Previews begin October 26, with Press Opening on Friday, October 28; the show will run three weeks, closing on November 13.