Owen O'Neill will launch the 1st Irish Festival at 59E59 with his solo show Absolution Sept. 8-Oct. 3. Rachel O'Riordan will direct the work from Guna Nua Theatre. "Timely and topical, O'Neill weaves a grim and riveting tale of a man who has taken upon himself the sins of so many and unleashed on them a terrible vengeance."
Following will be Aidan Matthews' Exit-Entrance directed by M. Burke Walker Sept. 10-Oct. 3. Origin Theatre Company presents the work in which "Charles, a retired classics professor and his wife, Helen, quietly re-affirm their deep affection for each other and the life they've shared — its delights and disappointments — as they toast their commitment. Meanwhile, in a similar apartment, a much younger couple, also called Charles and Helen, are eagerly beginning their life together. Are these the same people 40 years ago? If not, who are they?"
Regular seasonal programming will include the Inside Intelligence production of Plath's Three Women, directed by Robert Shaw, Oct. 5-31. "Three diverse women reveal what every woman knows about having a child, seeking a greater universal truth about the human condition. Three Women was originally written as a radio play, which Plath wrote one year before her death."
Edward Anthony's Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath, directed by Anthony Wilks, will run Oct. 5-31. New Umbrella presents the play in which "Esther Greenwood, heroine of 'The Bell Jar,' must mix, blend and whip her memories, fantasies and illusions into the most perfect poem of her life before Olson the Magic Oven takes her away."
The Brits Off-Broadway Festival will return Nov. 2, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011. Programming details will be announced at a later date. For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.