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Irish Feast

The 8th written and directed by Seanie Sugre. Photo by Reiko Yanagi

Or that should be fest, as in the 12th Annual Competition in the  2020 Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival which includes six mainstage productions across various venues across town. This is the only festival dedicated exclusively to producing the plays of contemporary Irish playwrights from around the globe.

The locales in which the productions from playwrights from from Belfast, Dublin, Wexford, Manhattan and Queen will be presented include the Irish Repertory Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, The NY Irish Center, The Secret Theatre, and The Alchemical Studios. 

In addition to the competing productions, there are 9 special events during this festival–concerts, readings, talks, screenings. These out of competition events will take place at The American Irish Historical Society; Scandinavia House; A.R.T. New York; The National Arts Club; The Cutting Room; Symphony Space, Torn Page and The Irish Consulate. A total of 15 contemporary Irish writers are represented with work in the Festival.

Eva O’Connor’s acclaimed Maz and Bricks gets an American premiere and opens the festivities, running from January 7th through February the 2nd at 59E59. The provocative comedic drama is directed by Jim Culleton, and features Ciaran O’Brien and Eva O’Connor.

Also kicking off the Festival on January 7th is the he world premiere of The 8th, a new play written and directed by Seanie Sugre. Produced in New York by Locked in the Attic Productions with Five OHM Productions, the play stars Julia Nightingale (“The Ferryman” on Broadway), Una Clancy, and Gerard McNamee.  The 8th, referring to Ireland’s 8th Amendment, since repealed, outlawing abortion, ran through January 18th at The Secret Theater.

The Irish Rep’s production of Dion Boucicault‘s London Assurance, directed by Charlotte Moore opened on December 6th and runs through January 26th. The classic farce, which premiered in London in 1841, is given a classy treatment at the Irish Repertory.

Another American premiere, The Scourge, is written and performed by Wexford native Michelle Dooley Mahon and directed by Ben Barnes, former artistic director of The Abbey. The solo show detailing her mother’s slide into Alzheimer’s is produced by the Wexford Arts Centre in association with the Irish Repertoy where it will run from January 22nd through February 2nd.

Honor Molloy’s Round Room, directed by Britt Berke, with music by the Grammy Award-winning Irish singer/songwriter Susan McKeown is a play in development. It will be presented in three performances on January 27-28 at The Alchemical Studios. The New York-based cast features Gina Costigan, Brenda Meaney, Rachel Pickup, Maeve Prive, Zoe Watkins, and Aoife Williamson. 

On January 27th, Dublin’s Gúna Nua presents another American premiere with Sarah-Jane Scott’s dark comedy Appropriate at the NY Irish Center, running through February 1st. The story addresses the sports obsessive in a funny and timely manner.

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Summer is for dancing: a couple of out of town Festivals

What’s 80 years old and extremely modern? Well, yes maybe also your ultra-hip granny but we’re thinking more along the lines of ADF.

The American Dance Festival, founded in 1934 in Bennington, VT, and now located in Durham, NC, is a summer home for an international community of dancers, choreographers, critics, musicians, students, and scholars joined in a supportive environment for creation and presentation of new works.

LeeSaar-MassMoCA. Christopher Duggan

Featured artists for the week of June 30th through July 7thinclude LeeSaar The Company which is bringing an ADF-commissioned work for their premiere performance called “Grass and Jackals.” The dance and light piece by the company, founded by partners Lee Sher and Saar Harari in 2000, explores movement and theatricality in a dynamic contemporary form.
Also on the stages at ADF is Kyle Abraham with Abraham.In.Motion, bringing his new work, “Pavement,” an exploration of the hard road black America has had to take during the past century.
The extremely popular Musician’s Concert is back on July 3rd this year at 8:00pm as are dance and bodywork classes at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios for adults while ADF Project Dance, under the direction of Gaspard Louis, partners with Kidzu Children’s Museum to offer two free movement classes for children during the third week of the Festival.
In contrast to the long-established ADF, the Cape Dance Festival will be holding its inaugural event on July 27th in Provincetown, MA. The brainchild of performing arts professionals Stacey-Jo Marine and Liz Wolff, the Festival includes Paul Taylor Dance Company, Project Moves Dance Company, CorbinDances, Lady Luck Burlesque, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and Yesid Lopez. As a throwback to an ancient tradition, the Cape Dance Festival is being held outdoors in an amphitheater, the Province Lands Outdoor Amphitheater, to be precise.
Among the many works on hand, will be “Paean,” a solo choreographed by the late Christopher Gillis, a member of Paul Taylor’s troupe. “Paean” will be danced by Michael Trusnovec, a senior dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Christopher Gillis died from AIDS complications in 1993. Ticket sales for all Festival performances will go towards raising funds for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
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