Hickory – Artistic Director Eric Seale has just announced his casting for the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of The Weir by Conor McPherson. Performances begin March 18 and continue through March 28. Tickets and information are available online at hickorytheatre.org.

In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men – Jack, Jim and Brendan – are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finbar enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) 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 in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore.

In the Hickory production, Jordan Randall is Jim, Will Vogler plays Brendan, Mark Woodard is Finbar and Mike Yow plays Jack. The role of Valerie is played by Christy Rhianna Branch.

Performances of The Weir are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays (Mar 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27) at 7:30pm, and Sundays (Mar 21 & 28) at 2:30pm. This production is rated R for strong adult language.

This production will be broadcast live online. Tickets are $10 for a single viewer and $18 for a household. Tickets for the general public are available through the theatre’s website at hickorytheatre.org. Due to limitations by the ticketing service provider, reservations for subscribers are only available by contacting the box office at 828-328-2283 or emailing christine@hickorytheatre.org.

In person seating is available for all performances, with limited capacity in compliance with the governor’s executive order. Tickets for all seats are $18 per person and may be purchased by calling the box office at 828-328-2283 between 12pm and 5pm weekdays or email boxoffice@hickorytheatre.org.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Weir is produced by Commscope. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive, the City of Hickory, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Sunbelt Xpress and Dr. George Clay, DDS are the sponsors of the 2020-2021 Season.

PHOTO: The cast of The Weir, opening soon at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances begin on March 18, 2021, broadcasting live from the Jeffers Theatre and with limited in person seating. For show times and tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Eric Seale.