1st Irish 2015

Little Thing Big Thing

Larry, an ex-con and Martha, a nun are chased across Ireland for a roll of film—why the bleedin’ fuss? They take a high octane jump into the world of international energy skullduggery, awakening passions they thought were dead. A darkly comic thriller from Fishamble by Donal O’Kelly, both Fringe First winners at Edinburgh.

Written by: Donal O’Kelly
Cast: Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly

SEPT 2 – SEPT 27
Tue, Wed &Thu at 7:15, Fri at 8:15; Sat 2:15 & 8:15, Sun at 3:15

59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

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

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

Opening: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Closing: Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Directed by: Jim Culleton

Scór in New York

The New York Irish Center, GAA NY & Scór nua Eabhrac Presents

Scór is the cultural wing of the Gaelic Athletic Association. During the winter months when the playing season ends, the GAA Clubs continue to compete for an all Ireland Champion’s Title, on stage, through 8 separate cultural competitions since 1969.In 2014 Lorna Smith with the help of Fiona Smyth & a team of volunteers held the first official GAA Scór Competitions in New York .The New York Irish Center is proud to showcase a unique insight to the hidden talents of local GAA clubs by staging the results of 2 competitions with five short theatrical performances, featuring the winners & finalists of New York Scór na nÓg & Sinsear Scór 2015 from these GAA Clubs: Cavan, Manhattan Gaels & Shannon Gaels.This is a unique crossover of Irish Culture and Sports on stage instead of the pitch! This is a collaboration between The New York Irish Center & the GAA community and is proud to feature in the 1st Irish Theater Festival 2015

Cast includes: Cavan Club, Manhattan Gaels Club, Shannon Gaels Club

September 3rd

10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
One stop to/from Grand Central on the 7 train. Vernon/ Jackson Avenue Stop- Jackson exit.

Adults $10
Students/Senior $8
Reservations: 212-868-4444

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

Opening: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Closing: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


The tides of change are everywhere. But for the holdouts of Windsor Terrace, haunting memories persist as three stoop dreamers reveal secrets of their past…and imagine a future that might have been. Stoopdreamer is an immersive theatrical experience complete with old stories, good company, and strong drinks.

By Pat Fenton
Cast Includes: Bill Cwikowski, Robin Leslie Brown, Jack O’Connell

September 4th-27th
Wed-Sat 7:00pm

the cell
338 West 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Reservations 800-838-3006

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

Opening: Friday, September 4th, 2015
Closing: Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Directed by: Kira Simring


Lonely, humble Madeleine longs for the love of her life –14 year old Johnno Boyle O’Connor. But is Johnno kissing a girl his own age? Winner of the Best Female Performer at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and Stewart Parker Award 2014, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman’s dark and funny Pondling is, “a very special thing indeed!” (AYoungerTheatre.com).

Written by: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Cast: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

SEPT 8 – OCT 4
Tue, Wed & Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8:30, Sat at 2:30 & 8:30, Sun 3:30 & 7:30

59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

$25 (59E59 Members $17.50)
Reservation Number: 212-279-4200

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

Opening: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Closing: Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Directed by: Paul Meade


Following his acclaimed Broadway turn in last season’s Tony-nominated The Cripple of Inishmaan, the incomparable Irish comic actor Pat Shortt (Garage, Calvary, D’Unbelievables, Father Ted) returns to New York with his newest sketch comedy show Selfie straight from performances in Ireland and Australia.

Meet singing undertaker Mossey Burke and other unforgettable characters as Shortt brings audiences on a madcap journey through his uniquely hilarious take on everyday Irish life that has made him one of Ireland’s most beloved comedic stars.

Written and performed by Pat Shortt

September 10 – 27
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 pm
Sunday @ 5 pm

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street, (Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019

$45 premium ($36 members)
$35 general ($28 members)
Thurs Sept 10th (all seats $25)
Fri Sept 11th (all seats $60, includes Opening Night Party Sponsored by Tír na Nóg Times Sq)


Playing at: Irish Arts Center — 553 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Opening: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Closing: Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Directed by: Pat Shortt

Northern Exposure

Presented by NYU Glucksman Ireland House

An afternoon of discussion exploring the vibrant cultural landscape of Northern Ireland and how a broad range of artists have grown, developed and exported their work across the globe

1 Washington Mews
(bet W. 8th Street and Washington Square N.)

September 12th, 3PM
Free Event
This event is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland & The British Council, Northern Ireland

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

Opening: Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Closing: Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Irish-American Writing Salon

Presented by:  Irish American Writers and Artists

Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) celebrates its 100th IAW&A Manhattan Salon on September 15th at the 1stIrish Festival!  Join us for a free, curated evening of readings and performances featuring work developed over the bimonthly series’ first four years.

Reservations: iawasalon100@gmail.com

Opening: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Closing: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Unbecoming A Lady

Presented by: Bottom Dog Theatre

The play is set in the dressing room of an ageing drag queen who reveals his life and loves, victories and defeats. Exploring the themes of identity, love found and love lost, and using the music of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday and more, Language UnBecoming a Lady tells the story of one gay man’s life. From his childhood through adolescence and onto adulthood, the one constant in his life is the music of the divas who provide comfort, strength and inspiration.

By Myles Breen

Critics said:
“Unadorned, vulnerable and comically self-critical, Breen is a shining and believable presence” – Irish Times

“fabulously written, wonderfully acted, tells an extremely important story, and is an undoubted success” – Irish Theatre Magazine

“Breen’s writing is sharp, colourful, aphoristic” “it’s emotional honesty is compelling” – Irish Examiner

Sept 16,17,18,19,23,24,25,26 9pm
Sept 20,27 5pm

the cell
338 West 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

Reservations info@origintheatre.org

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

Opening: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Closing: Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Directed by: Liam O’ Brien


Presented by: The New York Irish Center
Kings is a 2007 Irish film written & directed by Tom Collins and based on Jimmy Murphy’s play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road. It was selected as Ireland’s official entry for the 2008 Academy Awards The film tells the story of a group of Irish friends who, after emigrating to England 30 years previously, meet for the funeral of a friend. In 2008.

Writers: Tom Collins, Jimmy Murphy (play)
Cast: Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly, Brendan Conroy


10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
One stop to/from Grand Central on the 7 train. Vernon/ Jackson Avenue Stop- Jackson

Tickets: $13
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.telling-fruit.flywheelsites.com

Opening: Friday, September 18th, 2015
Closing: Friday, September 18th, 2015

Directed by: Tom Collins

Breaking Ground

Presented by: Origin Theatre Company

Writers include Bernard McMullan, Charly Clive, Jimmy Kerr, Jenny Green & Fiona Walsh, Tim Ruddy
Building on our program of new plays Origin Theatre invites you to observe the journey as the creative process begins. Watch 4 writers break ground with new work in an evening of theatre laboratory.

19th September 3pm

520 8th Avenue
Bet 36th and 37th St

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: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Closing: Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Celebrity Autobiography

Created by Eugene Pack

“Funniest Show in Town, Hands down!” -NY Post, CRITIC’S CHOICE-NY TIMES
Celebrity Autobiography – the Drama Desk winning, international hit comedy ( London to the Sydney Opera House) Celebrity memoirs acted out live onstage by a hilarious all star cast. Created by Eugene Pack and developed with Dayle Reyfel.

Cast: Tate Donovan ( 24, Damages)  Geraldine Hughes ( Jerusalem, Belfast Blues ) ,Christopher Fitzgerald ( Tony nominee -Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein) , Eugene Pack ( Emmy nominee and Drama Desk winner ), Dayle Reyfel ( Drama Desk winner ), Michael Urie ( Ugly Betty , Buyer and Cellar ) and more exciting celebrity guest stars tba

Saturday, Sept. 19th at 9:30 pm

( Stage 72 )
158 W. 72nd St

Tickets -$40 -$80
Reservations: www.celebrityautobiography.com

Playing at: TRIAD THEATER — Stage 72, 158 West 72nd Street

Opening: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Closing: Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Directed by: Developed by Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel

The Quare Land

A Cantankerous Comedy
By John McManus
Directed by Ciaran O’Reilly

Old Irish farmer Hugh Pugh is having a bubble bath; it’s his first wash in four years. His sudden interest in hygiene has been brought on by the  upcoming visit of his estranged brother, but another visitor  arrives mid-soak. Developer Rob McNulty is hoping to buy a  field to convert to a golf course, but Hugh is far more  interested in spinning yarns than signing contracts. Excruciating negotiations ensue, amidst the suds and rubber  duck, in this hilarious meeting of avarice and ambition.

September 22- November 15, 2015
At the DR2 Theatre
103 East 15th Street in Union Square

Tues at 7pm
Wed at 3pm & 8pm
Thu at 7pm Fri at 8pm
Sat at 3pm & 8pm
Sun at 3pm

Tickets: $70, Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Opening Night: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tickets: www.IrishRep.org

Playing at: DR2 Theatre — 101 East 15th St, Off Union Sq

Opening: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Closing: Sunday, November 15th, 2015


PYTHON is a dark comedy thriller set in modern day Ireland about a college professor who gets mixed up with Dublin’s drug kingpins to hilarious and surprising results. Python is a bad man. Daniel is a good man. Throw in drugs and good can turn to bad and bad to dead. The two are about to meet and Dublin will never be the same again. They don’t teach you that at school.

By Brendan Connellan
Cast includes: Mark Byrne, Laurence Lowry, Conor McManus, Paul Nugent, and David O’Hara

An Beal Bocht Café
445 West 238th Street
Bronx, NY 10463

Playing at: An Beal Bocht Café, 445 West 238th Street, Bronx, NY 10463 — An Beal Bocht Café, 445 West 238th Street, Bronx, NY 10463

Opening: Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Closing: Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Directed by: Don Creedon

Des Bishop

Starring Des Bishop

Ireland’s Irish-American comedian and television star Des Bishop returns to his native New York for a special encore engagement of “Made in China,” the hilarious story of his real-life journey to China to study Mandarin so he could perform stand-up in front of Chinese audiences. He not only succeeded in learning a notoriously tricky tongue, he landed a hosting job at a busy restaurant, started a comedy club, then found himself on a television dating show seen by over 40 million viewers.  His adventures were captured by the Irish broadcaster RTE, which aired Breaking China – a much-discussed, six-part reality series starring Bishop – last year, and once again this year.

Sept 25,
October 1, 2, 3,


Lucky Jack’s
129 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
[nearest subway F to 2nd Ave, exit on 1st Ave]

Opening: Friday, September 25th, 2015
Closing: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The Holy Holy Bus

by Pearse Elliott
Directed by Tony Devlin

There is a bus that leaves a West Belfast parish once a year tosee the holy sites of Ireland… the locals refer to it as, ‘The Holy Holy Bus’! We follow four of the female faithful on a journey of personal pilgrimage which by the time they have returned home, will have changed all of their lives forever. A hilariously madcap adventure about love, hope, happiness and faith, ‘The Holy, Holy Bus’ will have you laughing, crying and even praying for some divine inspiration along the way!

In Association with The WB Yeats Society of New York

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South

Friday Sept 24

Free Event
RSVP info@origintheatre.org
This event is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland & The British Council, Northern Ireland

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

Opening: Friday, September 25th, 2015
Closing: Friday, September 25th, 2015