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1993 Festival

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Bret Adams, Bret Adams, Ltd., 212-765-5630

Number of Principals (Male): 8
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Preferred Ensemble Size: 6
Total Cast Size: 16
Orchestra Breakdown:

piano, 2nd keyboard, drums, bass, tin whistle. Completely synthesized score is also available.

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Brimstone is set in 1998 Belfast where the bloody dance between the Irish and English, Catholic and Protestant, continues with fury. Eamon Dunne, is the “man who walked away.” A prestigious architectural scholarship from Princeton University had taken Eamon out of strife filled Northern Ireland eight years before. At the play’s start, Eamon has returned home to attend the funeral of his brother, an Irish Republican Army terrorist gunned down by the police. In an attempt to come to grips with his brother’s death, Eamon must confront his own pacifism in the face of increasing violence. He also must confront the wild spirited Miraid, the woman that he left behind convinced by a family determined to keep him safe in America, that she no longer loved him. Though the plot is complicated by the presence of spies and counter spies, Brimstone is a love story framed by betrayal, both political and emotional. Also produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Majestic Theatre.

Festival Successes

World Premiere at Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) in 1994. Full productions at Willows Theatre Company (CA) in 1998 and again in 2010, and the Springfield Theater (MA). Winner of 9 Bay Area Critics’ Awards. Cast Recording on Original Cast Record in 1995.