In association with
written by Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt
Act One - Limerick
There will be a 15 minute intermission
A WORD FROM THE AUTHORS
Malachy McCourt as Malachy McCourt see author bio.
Howard Platt has played both roles.
Howard Platt (Malachy McCourt or Frank McCourt, Director) is a
show business veteran of more than 35 years. As an actor he has appeared
in at least 100 plays assuming the roles of everyone from Abraham Lincoln
to Santa Claus to Frank McCourt. He has made numerous comedic and dramatic
appearances on television
and is best known for his roles as Hoppy the Cop on Sandford and Son,
Dr. Phil Newman on The Bob Newhart Show, Marvin on Alice and Judge Jonathan
Stockfish on Evening Shade. As a series regular he played Captain Doug
March on Flying High (with Connie Sellecca, Pat Klous and Katherine Witt),
Roger Martinson, Esq. on Empire and Raymond Peterson on Me, On The Radio?
with Sally Struthers. His many movie roles include The Rock and Norma
Jean & Marilyn. Mr. Platt has directed a dozen shows including A Couple
Of Blaguards, Don't Dress For Dinner, Pump Boys And Dinettes, Love Letters
and Steel Magnolias. Among 20 shows Platt was involved in producing in
Chicago with Cullen, Henaghan and Platt, his association with Robert Whitehead
during the first Broadway Alliance production, Steve Tesich's Speed Of
Darkness, was a theatrical high point, exceeded only by his long friendship
with Frank McCourt and brother Malachy.
Mickey Kelly(Frank McCourt) Mickey arrived in New York 30 years ago on the first leg of a trip around the globe but never left after becoming involved with the Irish Arts Centre where he worked extensively as an actor and workshop director. More recently he has worked with Mayfair Productions in "Closing Time" under the direction Of MacDara MacUaimhaile and worked on their production of "Peacefire." Prior to that he was Artistic Director of the Macalla Theatre Company in the Bronx appearing in Martin Lynch's "Rinty" as Rinty Monaghan. He also directed and appeared in DanielMcGee's "Paddywack."At the Irish Rep Theatre he was Sinead Cusack's "Dada" in "Our Lady of Sligo." On stage at the Irish Arts Centre he appeared in Brian Friel's "Lovers" as Andy and in Kenneth Brannagh's "Public Enemy" as Geordie both directed by Nye Heron and in the Jim Sheridan directed productions of "The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty", "The Hostage", "Richard's Cork Leg" and "The Shadow of a Gunman." As one of the thespian McCourt brothers he has blaguarded his way in the role of "Frank" at the Triad Theater in New York, the Ford's Theater in DC and the Andrew's Lane Theatre in Dublin with Malachy as himself. He has performed as a storyteller and singer at Irish Festivals from the Catskill mountains to the Condado in San Juan. Television credits include "One Life to Live" and as Duncan the underutilised bartender in "Ed."
Jarlath Conroy (Frank McCourt) was in A Couple of Blaguards at
the Triad Theater in New York City. His Broadway credits include: The Seagull ,The
Weir, The Iceman Cometh, On The Waterfront, Ghetto, The Visit, Philadelphia
Here I Come!, Comedians. Off-Broadway: The Coward, A Man of No Importance at Lincoln
Center, Our Lady of Sligo, A Life, Pigtown at The Irish Repertory Theater,
also Gardenia, Translations at Manhattan Theater Club, and The Matchmaker,
Playboy of the Western World at The Roundabout Theater. Regional roles
include: Max in The Homecoming, Drumm in Hugh Leonards Da at the Guthrie Theater, Thomas
Dunne in Sebastian Barrys The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award),
Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Uncle Sid in Ah,Wilderness!, Fluther in The
Plough and the Stars, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol , Frank in Faith Healer,
Fluellen in Henry V (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Joxer in Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award). He
was in Cromwell and Hamlet at the Royal Court in London . TV and film:
"Law and Order", "NYPD Blue", "Law and Order:Criminal Intent", "The Beat", "Summer",
"A Marriage: OKeeffe and Stieglitz", "The Elephant Man", "Putzel", "True Grit", "The Art of Getting By", "Heavens
Gate", George Romeros "Day of the Dead", "Kinsey" and "Stay". His directing credits include True West and Human Resources.
About the Authors
FRANK McCOURT taught high school and college English for three decades in New York and occasionally, Dublin. Frank's memoir, "Angela's Ashes", published in September of 1996 by Scribner, was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Book Review's Non-Fiction prize, the Abbey Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His second book,"'Tis", another bestseller, was released in the fall of 1999. A major motion picture based on "Angela's Ashes" starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlisle premiered late the same year. As a speaker, Frank is always in demand, having spoken at countless special events, colleges and universities worldwide. He has been keynote speaker at the White House on several occasions, and his dedication to education and the teaching profession have even prompted invitations from Congressional committees focusing on education in America.
Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, USA and from the age of
three was raised in Limerick, Ireland. A very undistinguished academic
career plus the need to eat led him to leave school at the age of thirteen
to begin work in Ireland and England as a laborer.