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John Duddy: from the ring to the stage

It didn't take long for John Duddy to figure out what to do with his spare time after announcing his retirement from boxing.

Duddy will make his US acting debut starring with Seamus McDonagh, former New York Golden Gloves chamop, in "Kid Shamrock". There will be just seven performances at the Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2.

"Kid Shamrock", written by Newsday's own Bobby Cassidy Jr., and directed by Jimmy Smallhorne, will recreate the fight between Bobby Cassidy, aka Kid Shamrock, and Rodrigo Valdez at the Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day in 1971. It was the fight that led to Cassidy's retirement from boxing.

With Duddy, playing young Kid Shamrock and McDonagh playing older Kid Shamrock, playwright Bobby Cassidy Jr. son of the fighter, examines the power of love, commitment and memory in this gut wrenching, passionate play.

It should be interesting to see Duddy in his first foray into acting. With the success "The Fighter" has had at the box office and the great start by the new FX Series "Lights Out", starring Holt McCallany, fight fans, as well as non-fight fans, get to see another side of boxing.

KID SHAMROCK begins performances on Tuesday, February 8th and runs
through February 13th. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm and 8pm. Performances are at the
Atlantic Theatre Company at 330 West 16th street, – between 8th & 9th Avenues. Tickets are $27.50 and are available online at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212- 279-4200.

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