Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free block party September 15. The event will feature performances by Tony winner Bill Irwin and Leenya Rideout, both of whom will be seen in their own respective solo shows at Irish Rep this fall.
The block party will take place on 22nd Street in Manhattan between 6th and 7th Avenues—the block Irish Rep has called home for the last 23 years—from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Highlights of the party include a live Q&A with Artistic Director Charlotte Moore and Producing Director Ciarán O’Reilly, face painting, Irish dance workshops for both adults and children, guided tours of the theatre, and a public-participation poetry reading.
Along with Irwin and Rideout, performers will include Master of Ceremonies Paul Keating, plus music by The Bloom of Youth Céilí Band; Lúnasa Lite with Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely, and Patrick Doocey; Christine Tobin; and The Green Fields of America with Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Dana Lyn, Liz Hanley, Brenda Dolan, and Niall O’Leary.
All programming is free and open to the public. Food will be available for purchase from the DUB Pies food truck and the Anhelado ice cream cart.
Irish Rep is currently presenting On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, which continues through September 6.