Marin Ireland to Star in Gun Violence Play 'On the Exhale'

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Leigh Silverman will direct the solo show from Martin Zimmerman.

Marin Ireland is taking on gun violence onstage.

The Tony-nominated actress of reasons to be pretty will star in the world premiere of On the Exhale, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Monday.

The solo play from Martin Zimmerman, a former staff writer on Netflix’s Narcos, will be directed by Leigh Silverman. It begins previews Feb. 7 ahead of its Feb. 28 opening at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The off-Broadway show will run through April 2 as part of the Roundabout Underground program designed to foster emerging theater artists.

Ireland will play a liberal college professor whose life is changed forever by a senseless act of violence, and yet she is inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime — and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

Ireland, who most recently appeared in Hell or High Water onscreen, also co-stars in the romance film Some Freaks opposite Thomas Mann and the drama In the Radiant City, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this month. Her upcoming projects include the drama Aardvark opposite Zachary Quinto and Jenny Slate, and the adaptation of The Evening Hour starring Cynthia Nixon.

She is repped by ICM and Brookside Artist Management.

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