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The Steward of Christedom

The Steward of Christendom is a freely imagined portrait of the author's great grandfather, Thomas Dunne, the last superintendent of the Dublin Metropolitan Police. Considered by some to be a traitor to Ireland, and after some seven years of confinement in the county home, Dunne is a broken man, both mentally and physically. He reenacts scenes from his past, taking refuge in the memory of his three daughters and a son who died in World War I. Dunne has many regrets, and the parallels between Dunne's family life and the political life of Ireland are all too apparent. Chaos and murder resulted from the revolution, and Dunne could only stand watching as his as his way of understanding of the world dissolved. This poignant play features an incredible array of talent, including Monroe Barrick as The Steward, Thomas Dunne.

The New York Times hailed the play "MAGNIFICENT...the cool elegiac eye of James Joyce's the Dead, the bleak absurdity of Beckett's lost primal characters; the cosmic anger of King Lear."

What Barrymore Voters Are Saying

"The show featured a diverse cast, which was awesome. The script and performances contained some wonderful tender moments that highlighted Irish history that many of us are not aware of."


Sebastian Barry


Jim Schlatter

Estimated Run Time

2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission


Classics Drama Family
Closing Soon
Feb 27 - Mar 15, 2020
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