The Compass Rose, The International, McGoldrick's Thread and More Nominated for Origin's 1st Irish 2013 Awards

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30 Sep 2013

Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival 2013 Awards are presented Sept. 30. The Compass Rose, The International and McGoldrick's Thread are among the nominated productions.

The awards, which include honors in acting, directing and design, will be given at a ceremony hosted by Papillon Bistro & Bar at 7 PM.

1st Irish Theatre Festival began Sept. 2 and featured eight plays, with two productions from Ireland and six from the U.S. by contemporary Irish playwrights from Belfast, Dublin, Boston and New York. A total of six productions were world premieres.

The Festival's blue-ribbon jury consists of the actresses Sarah Rice and Geraldine Hughes and the journalists Andy Lefkowitz and Leslie (Hoban) Blake.

The list of nominees is as follows:

Best Actress
Olivia Horton (The Compass Rose)
Sonya Kelly (I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair on my Face))
Fiana Toibin (A Lady is Waiting)
Carey Van Driest (The International)

Best Actor
Michael Mellamphy (The Cure)
Ted Schneider (The International)
Peter Cormican (McGoldrick's Thread)
Dave McEntegart (The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle)
David Mitchell (The Compass Rose)

Best Director
Kira Simring (McGoldrick's Thread)
Dan Herd (The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle)
David Sullivan (The Compass Rose)
Christopher Scott (The Morons)

Best Playwright
Conal Creedon (The Cure)
Sonya Kelly (I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair on my Face))
Tim Ruddy (The International)
Ronan Noone (The Compass Rose)

Curated and coordinated by the New York-based Origin Theatre Company, Origin's 1st Irish is the only festival of its kind to focus exclusively on the work of Irish playwrights and the city's only all-Irish theatre festival.

Throughout the year, Origin, now in its 11th season, produces the New York and American premieres of plays by emerging European playwrights.

For festival information visit