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Every year, Origin presents live PERFORMANCES & readings during the month of May that represent the Irish & IRISH DIASPORA experience through the lens
of contemporary playwrights.



May 16th 7PM

Off The Meter by John McDonagh, (The Bard of Gridlock) brings his 40 years as a NYC cabbie to life in this brilliant one man show!

John McDonagh is bringing his one man show "Off the Meter" about driving a Yellow Cab in NYC for the last 40 years to the American Irish Historical Society May 16th at 7pm.

The show has sold out in Boston and New York and more recently Ireland!

Off the Meter by John McDonagh is presented as part of Origin's PLAYS IN MAY series.

Featuring John McDonagh


Dry Rot, a comedy by Don Creedon, depicts the absurd new realities of Dublin's housing market. Developed in part with Origin's Scéal Nua.

The Burgess family find themselves at a crossroads amidst Dublin's tumultuous housing crisis. Betty, sober for five years, is refusing to leave the family home, while Martin, her estranged husband, is adamant they sell. Nuala, their daughter, is caught between the two. Dry Rot, a new comedy by Don Creedon, depicts the absurd new realities of Dublin's housing market. Will Betty's newfound strength in recovery be enough to save the house or will financial pressures and personal differences finally tear the family apart?


Dry Rot has been in development as part of Origin Theatre Company's latest initiative with The Irish Arts Center, SCÉAL NUA. A workshop based/playwright focused weekly lab. Scéal Nua is the brainchild of Irish actor/ playwright/ producer Sarah Street.


Directed by Don Creedon

Cast: Una Clancy, Con Horgan, Sarah Street, Ed Malone, Fiona Walsh, Siobhán Regan, Tucker Dally Johnston, Renee Russas.


Dublin Noir is a hypnotic, revelatory reworking of the classic Film Noir triangle set in neutral Ireland on the eve of WWII.

It's August 1939 – Europe’s boiling up to war. But Ireland’s having none of it. On a day trip to Drogheda, Dubliner Tadgh Steele is captured by a dairy farmer and locked in a cowshed. Is Tadgh a poet as he claims or a Nazi spy? Makes no difference to the farmer’s slop girl who falls head over heels for the handsome stranger and casts him as the hero of a “fil-um in her head.”


Set in 1941 and 1939 – moving between Mountjoy Prison and a farm near Drogheda – the play grapples with the terrifying growth of fascism in 1930s Europe.

Directed by Richard Caliban

Cast: TBA

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