Compton was originally scheduled to participate in the reading of the Olivier Award-winning Irish drama, first produced in London in 1997, then on Broadway 1999. It has since been performed in other parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S. to great acclaim.
The setting of McPherson’s haunting script is a remote pub in Ireland, where a young lady becomes spellbound by ghostly stories related by the locals, then reveals a startling tale of her own. Nate Eppler directs the reading, and the cast features Jenny Littleton, Samuel Whited, Patrick Waller, Matthew Carlton and Brian Webb Russell.
The reading runs 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the Rep’s rehearsal hall at Nashville Public Television’s Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Compton, meanwhile, has been showing strong signs of improvement, and the mood among his many friends and the theater community had moved from somber to solidly optimistic.