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The Weir, by Conor McPherson, will be performed November 2-5, and directed by Russell Stiles. 

In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, a woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old, haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor consumed) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore. 

Cast

Jack - John Marino 
Brendan - Matty Brown
Jim - Richard Gamble 
Finbar - Max Dick
Valerie - Leah Toomey

 

Director
Russell Stiles (Director/ Designer) moved to Rehoboth Beach after a 30-year career teaching acting and drama in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Stiles formed the Hollidaysburg Area Repertory Players (HARP) and directed over 60 plays and musicals for the group. He also directed, acted, and did set and lighting design for Altoona Community Theatre at the historic Mishler Theatre in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and directed a number of critically acclaimed productions at Things Unseen regional theatre.


Stiles established a theatre program for CAMP Rehoboth and has directed its productions of Stop Kiss, Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove, It’s Complicated 3.0, Tiny Beautiful Things, Ponce de Leon Is Dead, Auto Erotic Misadventure, and the American premier of Drip Feed by Irish playwright Karen Cogan. Stiles recently directed Our Town at Possum Point Players in Georgetown, Delaware. He is married to Patricia Stiles who currently performs with the CAMP Chorus.

 

Immersive Experience

When the CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company presents its next production, The Weir, from November 2 - 5 in the Elkins-Archibald Atrium, it’ll offer audiences the chance to be fully immersed into the titular Irish pub for a night of ghostly folklore. 

The set design will feature a fully functional bar that will invite attendees upon arrival to drink a variety of libations, including Guinness, Dogfish Head, and more. Set Designer David Musselman formulated the facsimile of a small pub in Western Ireland out of recycled cherry wood fireplace mantle.

Additionally, local musician and artist Alicia Milklenberg will be playing the fiddle before each show at The Weir. 

“This is a unique, immersive approach to theatre where the audience genuinely feels like they are in a pub listening to these fantastic ghost stories,” said Russell Stiles, Director of the show. 

 

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

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