The second annual "1st Irish Festival," running Sept. 1-Oct. 11, will feature Dublin's Fishamble: The New Play Company (an acclaimed play from Sebastian Barry), a series of world premiere one-acts from the Origin Theater Company and a solo work from the Making Strange Theatre Company.
59E59 Theaters has also set the dates for the 6th annual "Brits Off-Broadway Festival," which is set to run Nov. 3, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010. Titles for the festival will be announced later this summer.
The 2009 "1st Irish Festival" follows:
Written by Sebastian Barry and directed by Jim Culleton
Starring Aidan Kelly and Mary Murray
Produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company
"An intimate, heroic tale of ordinary and extraordinary life on the streets of Dublin." (Sept. 1-Oct. 4).
Five one-acts penned by Geraldine Aron, Lucy Caldwell, Rosalind Haslett, Rosemary Jenkinson and Belinda McKeon
Directed by M. Burke Walker
Produced by Origin Theater Company
"Five stories that made the news in New York-from an Irish point of view." (Sept. 2-20).
Devised by Megan Riordan, Dodd Loomis and Shawn Sturnick
Performed by Megan Riordan
Produced by Making Strange Theatre Company
"Based on performer Megan Riordan's own life as the daughter of a professional Las Vegas gambler, Luck powers its way through questions of destiny, free will and faith against a background of casino games of chance in which the audience is invited to play." (Sept. 23-Oct. 11). Additional fall programming includes Brian Lee Franklin's Good Bobby, under the direction of Pierson Blaetz. According to press notes, "Good Bobby recounts the formative adult years of Robert F. Kennedy, one of history's greatest 'what ifs.' From his battles with Jimmy Hoffa to his stint as Attorney General to the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, RFK struggles to find his own voice and step out of the enormous shadows created by his family." (Oct. 8-Nov. 8).
Just in time for Halloween, playwright Desi Moreno-Penson will present Ghost Light, directed by Jose Zayas. "Two artists arrive at a motel room for an afternoon of clandestine sex. One is successful, the other is struggling. Their tryst is interrupted by a security guard with alarming news about the room they're in. Ghost Light is a thriller about celebrity and invisibility and the fine line that separates them both." (Oct. 14-31).
Tickets for September productions at 59E59 Theaters begin sale July 15. October performances will go on sale Aug. 1. Tickets for 59E59 Theaters productions are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting TicketCentral.
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