1st Irish Festival 2019

carrying us away to places we’ve never seen and lives we’ve never lived…
and working hard to make it a reality.“  
– President Bill Clinton on Origin’s 1st Irish Festival

The 2019 Origin 1st Irish Festival celebrates its eleventh anniversary January 9 – 28 as New York’s only month-long theatre festival exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary plays from the island of Ireland.

With fifteen events in total, the Festival takes place in a number of distinguished venues across New York City representing fifteen contemporary Irish writers and six mainstage productions originating from Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Queens and Manhattan.

Herald by The New York Times as “an important event that offers New York theatergoers the chance to see fascinating new work,” explore what the Origin 1st Irish Festival has to offer.

George C.Heslin,
Artistic Director


  • May 16 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Reading of Unmanageable Sisters

  • 7:00 pm

In partnership with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center A staged reading of the Unmanageable Sisters, adapted by Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan and directed by George Heslin. This adaptation of Les Belles-sœurs by Michel Tremblay was originally commissioned and produced by the Abbey Theatre Amharclann Na Mainistreach, Ireland’s National Theatre. Unmanageable…

  • May 20 Monday


  • 6:30 pm

ORIGIN THEATRE COMPANY ANNUAL GALA  MONDAY, MAY 20TH 2019 | 320 PARK AVENUE, 35TH FLOOR (Between 50 & 51 Streets) HOSTED BY GALA HONOREE Loretta Brennan Glucksman Awarded the Inaugural Tom Moran Business to Arts Leadership Award Artistic Leader Award to be announced shortly   FESTIVE ATTIRE 6:30 pm COCKTAILS 7:00 pm BUFFET DINNER &  SPECIAL…

  • May 21 Tuesday

European Month of Culture: Dr. Lonnie Smith with The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

  • May 21, 2019 - May 25, 2019

Birdland NYC presents A series of 5 concerts performed by Dr. Lonnie Smith and The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Dr. Lonnie Smith has recorded and performed with the greatest jazz, blues and R&B artists including formative stints in bands led by guitarist George Benson and saxophonist Lou Donaldson which led to gold records such as “Alligator…

  • May 21 Tuesday

European Month of Culture: Reading of Borgestriptych

  • 7:00 pm

In partnership with The Bulgarian Consulate NYC and The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing A staged reading of Borgestriptych written by Bulgarian playwright Yasen Vasilev and directed by Ashlin Hatch. BORGESTRIPTYCH draws inspiration from three short stories by Jorge Luis Borges – it takes the narrative from the first one, the characters from the second and the setting…

  • May 22 Wednesday

European Month of Culture: IDACO NYC Contemporary Dance and Art Festival

  • May 22, 2019 - May 24, 2019

In partnership with  The Sheen Center IDACO NYC – Italian DAnce COnnection Contemporary Dance and Film Event in NYC CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND TICKETS VENUE: THE SHEEN CENTER 18 Bleeker street, NYC SUBWAY:4/6 train to Bleecker St

  • May 24 Friday

European Month of Culture: Swedes in NYC

  • May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Swedes in NYC present 3-nights of dance presentations, workshops and live music with visiting Swedish specialists from the world famous Herräng Dance Camp. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS CLICK HERE VENUE: Alhambra Ballroom 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr #3 SUBWAY: 2/3 train to 125th St

  • May 26 Sunday

European Month of Culture: Masterclass with Henning Hegland

  • May 26, 2019

Masterclass with Norwegian theatre director Henning Hegland at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Student Event – By Invitation Only

  • May 27 Monday

European Month of Culture: Blue Note Jazz Festival, Kick-Off of European Sounds Series

  • May 27, 2019

The annual European Sounds Series showcases European culture and jazz in NYC in partnership with The European Union Delegation to the United Nations and eleven EU Member States. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club 131 West 3rd St SUBWAY: A/B/C/D/E/F trains to W4th St

  • May 30 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Book presentation by Gemma Gorga & Sharon Dolin

  • 7:00 pm

Book Culture and Institut Ramon Llull present A reading of Gemma Gorga’s collection Book of Minutes, translated by Sharon Dolin. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE VENUE: Book Culture 536 W 112th Street SUBWAY: 1 train to Cathedral Parkway 110 Street Station

  • May 30 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Reading of PABBASTRÁKUR / Our Boy

  • 7:00 pm

Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC)  In partnership with  Scandinavia House and The American-Scandinavian Foundation presents by arrangement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhagen  Cast includes Jason Beckmann, Albert Bendix and Annemette Andersen* (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association ) Staged Reading of PABBASTRÁKUR / Our Boy – written by Icelandic playwright Hávar Sigurjónsson and directed by Norwegian theatre director Henning Hegland. Our…