THE HONEY TRAP
BY LEO MCGANN / DIRECTED BY MATT TORNEY
A FREE PLAY READING FROM SOLAS NUA
Monday, April 22 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ABOUT THE PLAY
When two off-duty British soldiers go for a drink on the outskirts of Belfast in 1979, they meet two local girls. What seems like a typical night at the pub turns into something much darker. Decades later, reliving that night for an American oral history project, Dave reopens old wounds that send him back to Belfast in search of answers and revenge.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Leo McGann is a playwright from Belfast. He began writing with Tinderbox Theatre Company through their Fireworks Young Writers group, and was also part of the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme and Studio Group in London. Awards include National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award in 2016, and the Kennedy Center's Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award in 2018. He was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award and a nominee for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. His play The Honey Trap was produced as a workshop production at Boston Playwrights' Theatre in 2017. He co-wrote TV/web drama Backstage Story for BBC, where he has also worked as an Assistant Producer. He has a BA in Modern History from Oxford and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship. He has taught Creative Writing at Boston University.
Matt Torney is originally from Belfast, Matt worked as a freelance director in Ireland before moving to the United States in 2006 to complete an MFA in directing at Columbia University. He has directed extensively in New York, regionally in the USA, and internationally, and his productions have been nominated for numerous awards. Recent work at Studio includes If I Forget by Steven Levenson (nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards), MotherStruck! by Staceyann Chin (nominated for 2 Helen Hayes Awards including ‘Best Production’), Translations by Brian Friel, and The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard. Prior to joining the team at Studio, Matt was the Director of Programming for Origin Theatre, an Off-Broadway company whose mission is to bring the best of European new writing to the USA. Additionally, from 2007 to 2015 he was an Associate Director of Rough Magic in Dublin, one of Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies for over 30 years.