1st Irish 2013

The Life & Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

Off the back of a hugely successful sell-out London; Edinburgh and Dublin runs, multi award-winning theatre company 15th Oak are delighted to once again present The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, by Ross Dungan, about a man who barely lived enough to have regrets. Nominated in 2013 for ‘Best New Play’ at the Irish Times Awards’ and ‘Best Off West End Production’.

Written by: Ross Dungan
Cast: Siobhan Cullen, Manus Halligan, Davey Kelleher, Katie Lyons, Dave McEntegart, James Murphy, Erica Murray, Karen Sheridan

4th – 29th September
Tue-Thur 7.15pm
Fri- Sat 8.15pm
Sat 2.15pm
Sun 3.15 & 7.15pm

$35 (59E59 Members $24.50)
Reservations : 212-279-4200

Playing at: 59E59 Theaters — 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 (212) 753-5959

Opening: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Dan Herd

The Cure

The Cure is a one man play set at The Height of Ireland’s boomtime, “The Celtic Tiger”. Our narrator has just spent the last three days drinking away his annual Christmas bonus while his wife and Kid’s are at home. Of course he believe’s he needs “A Cure”, just one or two more pint’s in order to keep his party going and the pangs of Guilt away… So he believes. The  play is very much steeped in the History and Topography of Cork City. The Cure is taken from  Conal Creedon’s “Second City Trilogy”. The two other plays (“After Luke and When I Was God”) were performed as part of 1st Irish 2009” to huge acclaim at The Irish Repertory Theatre. For which it was nominated for “Best Actor” award for Michael Mellamphy, “Best Set Design”, for Lex Liang and Won The “Best Director” award for Tim Ruddy’s excellent work. Tim and Michael had previously worked on “When I was God”, for the inaugural 1st Irish Theatre Festival back in 2008. So it is wholly appropriate that “The Cure” is getting it’s long awaited U.S. premiere in the festival where it all began with the people who were first involved.

Written By: Conal Creedon
Cast: Michael Mellamphy

 Sept 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

8.00pm
Subway 4/ 5/6 86thSt

$18
Reservations: 212-868-4444

Playing at: Ryan’s Daughter — 350 E 85th St Manhattan, NY 10028 (between 2nd/1st Avenues) (212) 628-2613

Opening: Monday, September 9th, 2013
Closing: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Directed by: Tim Ruddy

I Can See Clearly Now

Little Miss Sunshine meets My Left Foot

WINNER OF FRINGE FIRST AWARD AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2012

‘Part memoir, part theatre and part stand-up comedy’ (Irish Independent), this delightful story of a myopic seven year old is brought to you by actor and comedian, Sonya Kelly.

‘delightfully whacky.. hilarious.. tight script and engaging performance.. terrific’  Irish Times

Written By: Sonya Kelly
Cast: Sonya Kelly

Supported by Culture Ireland

Tue-Thur 7:30 pm
Fri & Sat 8:30 pm
Sat 2:30 pm
Sun 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Subway 4/5/6 to 59th St

$25 (59E59 Members $17.50)
Reservations 212-279-4200
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Playing at: 59E59 Theaters — 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 (212) 753-5959

Opening: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Gina Moxley

McGoldrick’s Thread

The O’Reilly family leaves their home in Clonmel, Ireland, settling in a small apartment in the Bronx to raise their five children. The youngest and only daughter, Magee, is a competitive Irish Step dancer with a big feis in the morning.  McGoldrick’s Thread  takes place over a weekend, with flashbacks to Ireland weaving the thread of the O’Reilly and McGoldrick Families.  In a small apartment filled with brothers and commotion, Magee learns to believe in herself and what it takes to make her dreams come true – in dance and in life.

Written By: Marianne Driscoll
Cast includes: Elizabeth West, Peter Cormican, Jason Oremus, Garrett Coleman,
Paul Nugent, John Charles McLaughlin, Conor McIntyre

Sept 11 – Sept 29
Sept 11, 18, 25 at 7pM
15, 22, 28, 29 at 2pm
15, 22, 29 at 6pm

Subway 6 to Astor Place

$18
Reservations: 1-800-838-3006

Opening: Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Kira Simring

The Compass Rose

In this site-specific production at Ryan’s Daughter pub, Tiffany invites Irish bartender Donal to accompany her to see the sights of America.  But what starts as a fun road trip ultimately challenges them to explore their pasts and their feelings for each other.  Meeting up again ten years later, their journey may be far from over.   Come enjoy a pint and acclaimed playwright Ronan Noone’s newest play.

By Ronan Noone
Cast Includes: Olivia Horton & David Mitchell

Sept 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 8pm
Sept 15, 16, 22, 29 at 7pm

Subway 4/5/ 6 to 86th St

$18

Reservations: 212 868-4444

Playing at: Ryan’s Daughter — 350 E 85th St Manhattan, NY 10028 (between 2nd/1st Avenues) (212) 628-2613

Opening: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: David Sullivan

Tony MaCaulay

After wowing audiences in Origin’s 1st Irish 2012 and giving a unique insight to childhood memories of growing up in the Shankill area , Belfast during the height of the ‘Troubles’ that was both moving and entertaining.The New York Irish Center is thrilled to host Tony on his return to New York to perform a monologue from Paperboy and treat the audience to the premiere US reading of ‘Paperboy’s sequel, Breadboy, followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Playing at: New York Irish Center — 1040 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Opening: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Closing: Thursday, September 12th, 2013

From Belfast to Boston

With Colin Broderick & Michael Patrick MacDonald

Join us for this unique festival treat as two magical writers embark on an evening of truth telling and compare notes on the nature of heritage. From A Family Story from Southie, Michael Patrick MacDonald recounts the guileless and powerful memories of a precarious life in a Boston ghetto as Colin Broderick renders the conflict in the North of Ireland with intimacy and honesty in That’s That.

Playing at: The American Irish Historical Society — 991 5th Ave New York, NY 10028 (between 80/81 Streets)

Opening: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Closing: Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The Walk of the Town – Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of writer Maeve Brennan (the alleged muse for Capote’s Holly Golightly) on a guided tour of Greenwich Village which inspired many of her beloved writings in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section.  This ultimate guide to Maeve’s New York, ripe with memorable readings and historical anecdotes, starts in Washington Square Park and ends with a taste of her much-loved martinis. IAC presents the U.S. Premiere of The Abbey Theatre’s Maeve’s House by Eamon Morrissey from October 17.

September 15, 22
2 pm

Subway all trains to West 4th Street

 $16 / IAC Members $12 (all tickets include one drink)
Reservations: 866-811- 4111

Opening: Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Chicken House

By Bernard McMullen

Larry McGarty is lost and can see nothing to live for. In a final search for answers he stumbles upon Francie McElkennon, the Chicken Man, and together they embark on a dark and hilarious journey to find salvation in the most unlikely of places, somewhere where you can’t hear yourself think – The Chicken House.

Reservations: info@origintheatre.org

Playing at: A.R.T. New York Studios at 520 — ART New York, 520 8th Avenue, NY10018 (between 36/37 Street)

Opening: Monday, September 16th, 2013
Closing: Monday, September 16th, 2013

Origin’s 1st Irish Music

Mary Courtney, Ashley Davis, Gareth Dunlop, Allen Gogarty, John Gribbon, John Munnelly

Join us for an Evening of Contemporary Irish Singer Songwriters presenting some of the best new musical voices of Ireland with an array of sounds from pop to rock, from ethereal to traditional at one of NYC’s coolest downtown venues.

Produced by Anita Daly

Friday Sept 20th
8pm

Subway F to 2ndAve

$20
Reservations: 212-868-4444

Playing at: Arlene’s Grocery

Opening: Friday, September 20th, 2013
Closing: Friday, September 20th, 2013

DA

Film directed by Matt Clark
Screenplay by Hugh Leonard
Cast Martin Sheen, Bernard Hughes and William Hickey

A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his “Da”).

While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father’s spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not.

Stellar performances by the venerable Bernard Hughes, and what is probably Martin Sheen’s finest performance.

Sept 20th
8.15pm

Subway 7 to Vernon/Jackson Ave

$15
$8 Students

Reservations: 718-482-0909

Playing at: New York Irish Center — 1040 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Opening: Friday, September 20th, 2013
Closing: Friday, September 20th, 2013

A day of provocative discussion on the music of film and theatre. How decisions are made, how to maximise and sustain your career and create success in the industry.

Join this vibrant conversation on music and the people that bring it to life.
A SURPRISE GROUP OF ARTIST WILL PERFORM FOLLOWING THIS EVENT

Reservations: info@origintheatre.org

Playing at: Bruno Walter Auditorium — 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. also entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue, below 65th Street. New York, NY10023

Opening: Saturday, September 21st, 2013
Closing: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The Morons

The American Family is Crumbling Into The Abyss of the New Normal!  How can they survive?!  What is the answer?!  Well become a Reality TV sensation on The Morons of course!  Dan McCormick’s new dark comedy takes us on a wild roller coaster ride that is hysterically funny, incredibly insightful and terrifyingly poignant!  So come laugh, think and enjoy a shockingly brilliant theatrical experience that you will never forget!

Written By: Dan McCormick
Cast: Steve Hayes*, Barbara Suter* and Timothy Mullins*
*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Sept 23 7pm
Sept 27, 9pm
Sept 28, 4pm
Sept 29,9pm

Subway A/C/E to 23 St

$18
Reservations: 212-868-4444

Playing at: The Cell —  338 West 23rd Street (btw 8th & 9th Aves), NY 10011

Opening: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Christopher Scott

A Lady Is Waiting

A Lady is Waiting is the third in a series of four one act plays from critically acclaimed Dublin playwright Anto Nolan. It tells the story of Doris, a middle aged woman whose life seems to have come to a full stop. There are many questions to be asked and answered about life’s love, loss and lust. How long will this lady have to wait?

“Anto Nolan… puts flesh and bone on the dusty skeleton in Ireland’s cupboard.”  The Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole.

Written By: Anto Nolan Cast: Fiana Toibin
*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Sept 23 & 24, 9pm
Sept 28 & 29, 7pm

Subway A/C/E to 23 St

$18
Reservations: 212-868-4444

Playing at: The Cell —  338 West 23rd Street (btw 8th & 9th Aves), NY 10011

Opening: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Laurence Lowry

Former US Senator George Mitchell returns to Northern Ireland with his 14-year-old son Andrew to assess how life has changed for people here since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. They meet with families who have a child born on the same day as Andrew, as they compare lives. Narrated by Senator George Mitchell.

This event will be followed by a Q & A with Senator Mitchell and National Book Award winner Colum McCann, moderated by Loretta Brennan Glucksman.

Mon 23rd Sept 7pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:
Email: info@origintheatre.org

Playing at: Bruno Walter Auditorium — 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. also entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue, below 65th Street. New York, NY10023

Opening: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Closing: Monday, September 23rd, 2013

1st Irish Poetry

Pádraig Ó Tuama’s new and powerful collection of poetry arises out of his work in reconciliation, enabling people to tell their stories of living through personal and political conflict in Northern Ireland – a period of conflict frequently referred to as ‘the Troubles’.

“Pádraig Ó Tuama is an extraordinary person, whose influence extends quietly and gracefully across the world. His poetry bears these same qualities and brings him close. It is a gift to us all.” Krista Tippett NPR.

Showtime: 6pm

Playing at: The National Arts Club — 15 Gramercy Park S New York, NY 10003 (between Park Ave/Irving Place)

Opening: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Closing: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

A farmer, a truck driver, a soldier.

In a series of monologues, three strangers recall a time of conflict and peril that changed their lives forever.

“When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.”

Bertolt Brecht

Written By: Tim Ruddy
Cast: Carey Van Driest*, Christopher Randolph *,Ted Schneider *
*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Sept 25, 9pm
Sept 27, 7pm
Sept 28, 9pm
Sept 29, 4pm

Subway A/C/E to 23 St

$18
Reservations: 212-868-4444

Playing at: The Cell —  338 West 23rd Street (btw 8th & 9th Aves), NY 10011

Opening: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Directed by: Christopher Randolph

Maybe

It’s Johnny’s last summer in NYC and his world has been turned upside down by a complete stranger…he thinks he’s in love but his mother wants him home. What will he do? Will he do his duty by his parents or will he follow his heart? Should he listen to the VOICE inside his head or will he forge his own destiny?

MAYBE, is a “romantic-comedy” set in New York’s only fish & chip shop by Northern Irish playwright Jimmy Kerr who presented Ardnaglass on the Air (1st Irish 2010) and House Strictly Private (1st Irish 2012)

“Jimmy Kerr has brought an ultimately unique and authentically Irish voice to the New York stage”. nytheatre.com

Showtime: 7pm
Reservations: ireland.house@nyu.edu

Playing at: NYU Glucksman Ireland House — 1 Washington Mews New York, NY 10003

Opening: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Closing: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Directed by: Jo Cattell

The Big Green Apple

A few dozen Irish Playwrights/Directors/Actors/Creatives are handed a theme with a New York twist.  They are given just 48 hours to write and rehearse ten brand new plays.5 winning pieces will be selected by a panel of industry judges to be staged as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival in New York a year later.

Don’t miss this exciting transatlantic collaboration!

Playing at: Dublin

Opening: Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Closing: Sunday, September 29th, 2013