The Mountains Look Different
By Micheál mac Liammóir
Directed by Aidan Redmond
May 30th through July 14th
- Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat at 7:30
- Wed, Sat, & Sun at 2:00
*No Wednesday evening performances except 6/19 at 7:30*
Opening Night Thu June 20 at 7:30
No performance June 21 at 7:30
410 West 42nd St.
The Mountains Look Different is the story of Bairbre’s return home to Ireland, after a dozen hard years in London working the streets. Three days ago, she married Tom, who knows nothing of her past. Together they hope to settle with Tom’s father on his farm, and live a simple life far from the temptations and torments of the sinful city. But soon they will learn that it’s not easy for anyone to escape their past, even among the rocks and ruins of the mountainside.
A courageous play in which there is no beating about the bush.
The Christian Science Monitor
The idea for the play struck mac Liammóir after working on Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie. He wondered what happened to Anna after the fall of the curtain. Then one day he saw a young married woman in Connemara looking out of the window at a motorcar who said with the slight hint of a London accent in her voice, “They look different from what they did when I was little—the mountains, I mean.”
It is a powerful meaty play, the kind that has you coming up for air when the curtain goes down.
The Evening Times
Mountains provoked heated controversy in conservative Dublin in 1948. The Irish Times reported that two men left their seats at intermission and asked the audience the audience to join with them in leaving the theater:
A third man rose from his seat in the gallery and said that he was in agreement with the protest. Shouts of: ‘Sit down’ and ‘If you don’t like it leave’ then came down from the audience. The man in the gallery was heard to say: ‘Are you Catholics?’ The ushers moved towards the men who were protesting; the orchestra began to play, and their voices were drowned.
This Irish Independent, filled out the story with more detail:
The play continued with without interruption, but despite calls from the audience, Mr. mac Liammóir did not make a speech at the close, when he received an enthusiastic reception. Mr. mac Liammóir later told the Irish Independent that he believed the men who made the protest were sincere, but that it was a pity they had not waited to hear what the play had to say in the final act.
The play had not been written from motives of sensationalism and was in no sense “shocking.” It was a drama of expiation and repentance…In a certain sense, it was in fact, a morality play.
Sets: Vicki R. Davis
Costumes: Andrea Varga
Lights: Christian DeAngelis
Sound: M. Florian Staab
Props: Chris Fields
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: Hey Jude Design, Inc.
Press: David Gersten & Associates
Aidan Redmond and the Design Team
Saturday June 1, after the matinee
Meet our design team and peek into the creative process with director Aidan Redmond and his team. Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank will moderate this panel discussion.
"I was always being somebody else" The Theatre of Micheál mac Liammóir
Maya Cantu, Bennington College
Saturday June 8, after the matinee
Maya Cantu will discuss the amazing biography of our author, the man born Alfred Willimore in 1899. Maya is on the Drama Faculty at Bennington and Dramaturgical Advisor to the Mint. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. Her book American Cinderellas on the Broadway Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from “Irene” to “Gypsy” is available through Palgrave Macmillan.
"Anna Christie" and The Mountains Look Different
Sunday June 9, after the matinee
Micheál mac Liammóir writes that the inspiration for The Mountains Look Different came after working on Anna Christie at the Gate Theatre. Zander Brietzke will help us understand what he meant. Brietzke is a former president of the Eugene O’Neill Society and editor of the Eugene O’Neill Review. He has published one monograph on O’Neill, The Aesthetics of Failure (McFarland 2001), and finished another, “Magnum Opus: The Extant Cycle Plays of Eugene O’Neill,” under contract at Yale University Press (est. pub. date in 2020). Other books include Action and Consequence in Ibsen, Chekhov and Strindberg (2017), American Drama in the Age of Film (2007) and two editions of Teaching with the Norton Anthology of Drama (2009, 2014). He has taught at Columbia University, Montclair State, The College of Wooster in Ohio and Lehigh University.