"Flight of the Earls" Opens This Week at Orlando Shakes

When I'm not busy reporting on Orlando's theme parks or reviewing a new area cultural offering, you'll often find me behind the scenes of our local theaters. I'm proud to announce that my Empty Spaces Theatre Co, in cooperation with Lima/Stonerock Productions, will present Christopher Humble's The Flight of the Earls at the Orlando Shakespeare Center beginning this Thursday (March 29 through April 8).

The show, which is directed by John DiDonna with assistance from myself and Kevin G. Becker, is a fast-paced political drama set in 1971 Northern Ireland. In it, Catholic family is divided over loyalty to the IRA, when a peace-advocate wife discovers that her husband and brother-in-law are in charge of a terrorist organization. Filled with action, passion, and black humor, this show has a relavent message about the role of violence in sparking, or retarding, social change.

Here are a selection of promotion photos featuring the cast, taken with the wonderful Hipstamatic camera app. The first shots feature Stephen Lima, CK Anderson, and Chris Prueitt; the second show Marty Stonerock and Becky Eck; the final feature Stonerock, John Bateman, and Julie Snyder. Below, you'll find the complete press release, including details on how to order tickets.


Lima/Stonerock productions and The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) in association with DiDonna Productions presents

Christopher Humble’s Visceral Tragicomedy -

The Flight of the Earls

Lima/Stonerock Productions and The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) is proud to bring to the Mandell Theater at Loch Haven Park’s Lowndes Shakespeare Center,Christopher Humbles explosive “The Flight of the Earls”

Set on the eve of an assassination attempt in 1971, “The Flight of the Earls” is one of the definitive works exploring the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. This vicious and visceral tragicomedy shows the grim immediacy of IRA terrorism. Brutal violence and betrayal rip through the proud Earl family, and blood is spilled - both figuratively and literally - for the “sake of Ireland”.

The Flight of the Earls features some of Central Florida’s finest performers includingCK Anderson (The Diviners, Hairspray), John Bateman (Pillowman, Dog Powered Robot ), Becky Eck (Sleigh, Sideways Stories from Wayside School), Stephen Lima (Legacy of Light, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Chris Prueitt(Phantasmagoria I and II, Unspoken), Marty Stonerock (Circle Mirror Transformation , Frozen) and Julie Snyder (PRT Launch 2011, As You Like It)

The production will be directed by John DiDonna with additional direction by Kevin G.Becker and Seth Kubersky, with fight choreography by William Warriner. Earls will be stage managed by Brittany Wine with Set design by Tom Mangieri, Light design by Zanna Paulson, Costume design by Jennifer Bonner, Sound design by Les Caulfield, and prop design by Barbara Solomon. (Original art and poster design by Adam McCabe/Grin Digital)


WHO:Lima/Stonerock Productions and The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)

Directed by John DiDonna / Additional Direction by Kevin G. Becker and Seth Kubersky


Thursday March 29th (preview) – Sunday April 8th

Evening performances Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

Special Performances:

Sunday April 1st Matinee at 2:00pm

Sunday April 8th performance at 7:30pm

Monday April 2nd performance at 7:30pm (industry night)

WHERE:Mandell Theater

The John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center

Located in Loch Haven Park across from the Museum of Art

Parking available in Loch Haven lots, or in Science Center Parking Garage off of Princeton (Next to Mennello Museum of Art)

TICKETS:$20.00 general / $15.00 student and senior available by pre-order or cash at door

(Group rates available for groups of 10 or more)

For reservations please call 407.328.9005 – cash only at door

For credit card pre-orders please use www.redchairproject.com