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Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival Brings Contemporary Plays of Ireland to NYC

Dedicated to promoting contemporary Irish plays and theatre, Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival comes to NYC featuring the work of 15 Irish playwrights. Shown in venues across NYC, these productions are imported or organized and produced in New York with participating producers are Fishamble and Gúna Nua (Dublin) Sole Purpose Theatre Co. (Derry), The Lyric (Belfast), Cork City Ballet, and local companies Fat Violet, Gire & Gimbel, NY Irish Center, and Origin Theatre Company.

In competition during the festival is the American premiere of John Breen’s celebrated drama “Alone It Stands”, which revisits the 1978 David vs. Goliath win of Limerick’s Munster’s rugby club over New Zealand’s All Blacks. Sole Purpose Theatre Co. in Derry, Northern Ireland, brings the American premiere of Patricia Byrne’s “Blinkered,” which delves into the taboo subject of suicide among teens. New York-based Fat Violet Theater presents “The Smuggler,” the American premiere of Galway-born Ronan Noone’s new one-man comedy, featuring Mick Mellamphy as Noone sends his protagonists on dark treks of self-discovery.

Out of competition is the Breaking Ground Series, in which six Irish writers respond to the international theme of migration.  A reading of six brand new short plays by Brona Crehan, Michael Fitzpatrick, Rosemary Jenkinson, Honor Molloy, Sarah Street, and Sadhbh Walshe.

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1st Irish Theatre Festival 2019
January 9 - 28, 2019

Various Locations

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