Tony Award-winning Best Play 1978 by Hugh Leonard. Middle-aged American Charlie returns home to Dublin to come to terms with his relationship to this thoroughly beguiling, maddening presence in his life: "Da." Philip J. Shortell plays the title role.
A witty, wise and magical experience for the whole family, directed by Colleen Neary McClure. Phil is well-known in Albuquerque for playing some of America’s classic characters – including Willy Loman (All My Sons), Hickey (The Iceman Cometh), Mr. Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank), Al Lewis (The Sunshine Boys), Joe Kidder (All My Sons). Joining Phil, in the role of Mother, is Jessica Osbourne, well-known for her West End Productions appearances, in the one-woman play Shirley Valentine, as Rita in Educating Rita, (both plays directed by Colleen Neary McClure) and to hilarious effect as the much-put-upon Angela in Abigail’s Party.
“Da” is a semi-autobiographical work - the play revolves around the living memories of Charlie, a grown man (played by Adamantios Miranda) who returns home to Ireland after the death of his father “Da” to find the old man’s presence very much alive in the form of a ghost. Performing as the young Charlie is UNM theatre student, James Patten. Other members of the cast are actor/director Frederick Ponzlov, Tim Riley, Ashley Reid and Carolyn Ward.
“Da” runs at North 4th Art Center, 4904 4th St. NW, from May 18 – June 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinees at 2 PM. For more information, season and individual tickets, go to www.westendproductions.org or call (505) 410-8524.