True Rep Play at Beal House

KINGSTON — The original new play, “Ellen’s Boys,” by Braintree playwright Jim Sullivan, will be presented by the True Rep Theater at the Beal House, 222 Main St., at 8 p.m. March 18, 19, 25 and 26; and at 3 p.m. on March 20 and 27. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $17 for seniors and students. They can be purchased online at https://www.truereptheatre.com/ellensboys or at the door.

Following the performance on Sunday, March 20, there will be a reception and public discussion of the play with the cast and playwright Jim Sullivan.

The play focuses on the Flaherty family as they lived in their three-story Dorchester in 1965. Ellen, a widow who raised six children alone, must learn to come to terms with changing times and the embrace of her aging children for life. ‘to come up. Her second son, Gil, now in his thirties, still lives at home and struggles to come to terms with his sexuality in the face of his devoted Irish Catholic upbringing; and his mother’s attempts to marry him off. We follow the Flaherty family through a tumultuous year of upheaval in which no secrets are safe, no boundaries are respected, and only their love for each other and their sense of humor can save them.

“Ellen’s Boys” features Victoria Bond of Plymouth (Ellen Flaherty), Donald Sheehan of Pembroke (Gil Flaherty), Paul Noonan of Taunton (John Flaherty), Cammerron Baits of Boston (Nathan Stein), Julie Butler of Pembroke (Kathleen Doherty), and Marshfield’s Lisa Caron Driscoll (Bridgie O’Halloran O’Toole).

While most struggle to return to “business as usual”, True Rep Theater has embraced the unexpected. “Auditors don’t often get to see a whole new play produced so close to home. What we do is unique. Most companies avoid the risk of an unknown title, but it’s such a great piece that we just had to take a chance,” says artistic director Donald Sheehan, who will play Gil in the upcoming production.

“Anyone who has Irish connections or friends will recognize this family,” says Victoria Bond, who plays Ellen. “They mean well, and they act out of love, and they’re beautifully flawed and incredibly strong.” Paul Noonan, associate artistic director who plays the eldest son, John, adds: “Audiences will identify with the Flaherty family, they are iconic. True Rep is thrilled to create this work and provide a venue for a local voice to be heard. Playwright, Jim Sullivan, who has been writing plays for 30 years, says, “I am humbled by the work True Rep puts into my play and thrilled by the level of talent they bring to this production. I hope audiences will connect with these characters and that the play will entertain and move them.

True Rep’s community outreach program, Project 719, finds ways to support the community with every production. One of the central themes of “Ellen’s Boys” deals with the acceptance of differences, particularly around the character of Gil, a gay man trying to date his family who does not accept him. With this production, True Rep will partner with LGBTQIA+ organizations to support the Pride community. True Rep is also launching the #audiencealive initiative where the general public can donate tickets which will be made available to anyone who cannot afford to pay for themselves.

Check the website at www.truereptheatre.com for the updated COVID policy and more information.

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