"Skillful, intelligent, and ultimately troubling."
— George Grella, New York Classical Review
"There's always something to intrigue"
— Alexis Soloski, The Guardian
“Walsh’s libretto is unnerving and funny... Dennehy’s score is red-hot”
— John McLellan, The Scotsman
“...darkly absorbing... a work of wide imagination, unsettling meditation... an agitated and seductive experience”
— Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
“...feral force, spineshuddering bass beats, black humour and stonking energy... stunningly delivered”
— The Times
"Mr. Dennehy’s score is both complex and transparent."
— Navida Stein, StageBuddy
"The Last Hotel mines the bland bounty of hotel dining (there’s a memorable mistreated mash…again, Irish) and its other comforts for existential horror and occasional humor… hearing these virtuosic operatic voices swell to emotional overload with repetitions of pleasant, hotel-specific experiences is at once laughable and disquieting."
— Moze Halperin, Flavorwire
The Last Hotel
A St. Ann’s Warehouse Presentation of a Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera Production
January 8 & 9, 12, 15 & 16 at 8pm | January 10, 17 at 3pm
About the Show:
A beautiful woman meets a couple in an hotel parking lot by the sea. All three are nervous. A kinetic concierge will bear witness to fulfillment of their pact. Enda Walsh's first opera finds humor in both the banal and the dire -- from the mundane everyday to choices of life vs. death, and Donnacha Dennehy's thrumming, pulsating score hopscotches between delicacy and intensity in the raw, tender The Last Hotel.
Composer: Donnacha Dennehy
Librettist: Enda Walsh
Director: Enda Walsh
Conductors: André de Ridder & Alan Pierson
Set and Costume Design: Jamie Vartan
Lighting Design: Adam Silverman
Sound Design: David Sheppard & Helen Atkinson
Associate Director: Sophie Motley
Woman – Claudia Boyle
Husband – Robin Adams
Wife – Katherine Manley
Caretaker – Mikel Murfi
Woman (London) – Aoife Miskelly
Co-presented with the Irish Arts Center
The Last Hotel is supported by piece by piece productions, The Arts Council Ireland, and Culture Ireland.
Photos by Hugh O’Conor
Show run time: 80 minutes
Post-Performance Conversation will follow the January 12 show.
Donnacha Dennehy Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Lucilin, Contact (Toronto), Electra, the Fidelio Trio, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Percussion Group of the Hague, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra (BBC Radio 3), Smith Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players among others. His work has featured in festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK (which opened its 2012 Festival with a portrait concert devoted to Dennehy’s music), ISCM World Music Days, Carnegie Hall’s Contemporary Music Subscription Series (in 2013 and forthcoming in 2014), WNYC’s New Sounds Live, Bang On A Can, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Musica Viva Lisbon, the Saarbrücken Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. He founded the Crash Ensemble, Dublin’s now renowned new music group, in 1997 and in 2010 his large single-movement orchestral piece, Crane was “recommended” by the International Rostrum of Composers. Donnacha was appointed a Global Scholar at Princeton University in the autumn of 2012. He was also appointed composer-in-residence for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas (2013-14). In 2014 Donnacha joined the music faculty at Princeton University.
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His recent plays include A Girl’s Bedroom for the Galway International Festival 2015 ; an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Twits for The Royal Court ; Ballyturk, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival (Galway, Dublin, Cork and London, 2014); Room 303, shown at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014); Misterman, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, London and New York (2011-2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London, from 2010–2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA from 2008-2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007-2010. All four of Walsh’s plays have had their American Premieres at St. Ann’s Warehouse, his American artistic home.
He won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once in 2012, which is currently playing on Broadway, West End and US Tour. His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican), which played Dublin and a British tour in 2008; Chatroom (National Theatre), which played at the NT and on tour in Britain and Asia (2006-2007); and The Small Things (Paines Plough), which played London and Galway Arts Festival (2005). His early plays include Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca). His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4). In 2013 Enda received an Honorary Doctorate from NUI Galway.