Seanachaí to become Irish Theatre of Chicago

Photograph: Joe Mazza
Brad Armacost, Ira Amyx, Dan Waller, Shane Kenyon and Kevin Theis in The Seafarer at Seanachaí Theatre Company

Seanachaí Theatre Company, the modest Equity theater that's focused on Irish stories and themes, is marking its 20th year by clearing up any lingering confusion over that mission. Henceforth, the company will be known as Irish Theatre of Chicago.

"While our name is changing, our mission remains the same, and Seanachaí (gaelic for ‘storyteller’) is still at the heart of what we do," said co-artistic directors Michael Grant and Ira Amyx in a statement announcing the change, along with a slate of two productions for Irish Theatre Company's 2014–15 season.

The plays are a revival of Conor McPherson's Shining City, to be directed by company member Jeff Christian with a cast to include Brad Armacost, Coburn Goss, Shane Kenyon and Carolyn Kruse (November 26–January 4), and The White Road, a new play by company member Karen Tarjan about Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition across Antarctica, to be staged by company member Robert Kauzlaric (April 30–June 15). Both shows will be mounted at the Den Theatre. Seanachaí's production of McPherson's The Seafarer is currently nominated for five Jeff Awards, including best midsize production.

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