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From Austen to 'Hamlet' and Nixon: Irish Classical presents thought-provoking new season

Art imitates life imitates art, the saying goes, and in today’s divisive social and political climate, Irish Classical Theatre Company is aiming to further conversations with its thought-provoking 2018-19 season lineup, aptly called "A Season of Power, Sex and Politics."

Hot-button topics like sex, power and politics are tackled in the popular classics “Sense & Sensibility” and “Hamlet” as well as the more controversial “Sive” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane.”

Here is ICTC's schedule. All of these performances take place at The Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).

“Golden Boy,” Sept. 14 to Oct. 7. A young man struggles between a humble pursuit of the arts or a luxe life of fame and fortune, while his father worries his innocence will be tarnished by his money-seeking. Directed by ICTC Producing Director Fortunato Pezzimenti.

“Sive,” Nov. 2 to 25. Shedding light on the status of women in rural Ireland in the mid-20th century, the dark play depicts a young woman being traded off by her relatives to a much older, wealthier suitor for money. ICTC Artistic Director Vincent O'Neill directs this regional premiere.

“Sense & Sensibility,” Jan. 18 to Feb. 10. The stage interpretation of Jane Austen’s renowned coming-of-age classic explores love, heartbreak and the dichotomy between spontaneity and practicality, as the Dashwood sisters learn to adapt to a more meager lifestyle following the death of their father. Directed by ICTC guest director Chris Kelly.

“Frost/Nixon,” March 1 to 24. The fictional play speculates the conversations between Richard Nixon and journalist David Frost, as Nixon attempts to rehabilitate his reputation three years after Watergate and Frost tries to understand the truth. Directed by ICTC Technical Director Brian Cavanagh

“Hamlet,” April 29 to May 19. For the first time in nearly two decades, the Shakespeare classic hits the theater’s stage with a cast of 10, portraying the story of a Prince Hamlet avenging his father’s death and causing destruction along the way. Directed by ICTC guest director Kate LoConti

“Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” June 7 to 30. Mr. Sloane may be a sociopathic killer, but that doesn’t stop the the leading character Kath and her brother from being attracted to him. The shocking play explores sadism, murder and nymphomania. Directed by Greg Natale.

Member passes are on sale now and can be purchased at the box office (625 Main St.) by phone (853-4282) or at Single tickets go on sale Aug. 15.

A major collaboration

Irish Classical's season also includes a five-way collaboration with MusicalFare Theatre, Road Less Traveled, Theatre of Youth and Shea’s on "The Three Musketeers," taking place Nov. 1 to 18 at Shea's 710 Main Theatre. Tickets for this production go on sale Aug. 8 through Shea's.

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