ER star to make stage debut with O'Hanlon -- but don't mention Fr Ted
'ER' star Maura Tierney makes her Dublin stage debut at the Gate next month playing the wife of comedian Ardal O'Hanlon.
But the Boston-born actress, who was Emmy-nominated for the role of Dr Abby Lockhart in the TV medical drama, is in no danger of mixing up Ardal with his on-screen character Father Dougal because she has never seen an episode of 'Father Ted'.
"It might be that I'm too young, Isn't 'Father Ted' about 10 years ago? I was probably eight years of age. No. I haven't seen any episodes but everybody keeps telling me I should," said the 45-year-old.
She said the new play, 'God of Carnage' by Yasmina Reza, has plenty of humour.
It follows two sets of parents who meet to resolve a conflict that began between their children on a playground. But what is supposed to be a civilised affair quickly turns into a barrage of name calling, tantrums and tears.
Tierney, whose grandparents came from Leitrim, was cast after meeting Gate director Michael Colgan while on holiday in Ireland.
"Owen Roe and Donna Dent are brilliant as the other couple. Myself and Ardal probably have the least stage experience of the four of us so we're both nervous but having some great laughs in rehearsals," said the TV star who last year successfully battled breast cancer.
Directed by Alan Stanford, 'God of Carnage' opens on Tuesday, February 8, with previews from February 3.