Premiere of ‘Hungry’

August 19, 2009 · Print This Article

A new play about the life and death of Bobby Sands will be performed as part of the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival. Adapted and written by George Kehoe, ‘Hungry’ blends original writing with excerpts from Bobby Sands’ prison writings. “It is an episode in a timeless story, self-sacrifice for a greater cause,” Kehoe said. “How does a 27-year-old man come to believe that his only choice is to hunger strike and see it through to the end? What is his justification? His motivation?”

“His story dramatizes the lengths to which humanity will go to justify, inflict, and endure suffering for political goals – as well as the hopeful possibilities of that suffering,” said Christopher Schager, director of the 90-minute show.

The play features the young actor Alex Mauney as Sands. A recent graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.F.A. degree in Theatre Arts, Mauney employs music, mime, and poetry in bringing Sands’ vision of a united Ireland to life.

The play will have five performances Aug. 21-25 at the Manhattan Theater Source at 177 MacDougal St. For more information see here.



One Response to “Premiere of ‘Hungry’”

  1. Tracy Quinn O'Brien on December 4th, 2010 1:19 pm

    Greetings from Denver Colorado. I have been recently asked to perform in a small local production of ‘Hungry’. I will be playin the part of Bobby and I gotta tell ya it’s a pretty monumental task for me considering I’ve never done this. I wanna do it justice. I want it to have
    an impact on people. I’m in process of trying to learn an Irish accent(i’m gonna be subtle about it) I realize there are alot of varied accents in Ireland. I remember the press coverage of the hunger
    strike here in the states when I was a kid and it really had a huge effect
    on me. I had never seen or heard about anyone doing that before and
    it really blew me away. I hope and pray I can deliver a honest performance and cut to the truth about it. I’m pretty damn nervous..
    I have 3 months to prepare as it will be opening on Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m already pretty thin but I will be fasting for the role anyway
    ’cause I feel it is the right thing to do. I just wanted to let ya all know
    how much of an impact Bobby had on me.

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