Rat in the Skull, With Roderick Hill, Set for First Irish Festival

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Graham & Frost, Rat in the Skull and a staged reading of Beowulf will be part of the third annual First Irish Festival, which will be presented across New York City beginning Sept. 7.
Roderick Hill
Roderick Hill

Sixteen productions will comprise the month-long festival that will run through Oct. 4. Previously announced plays include Wife to James Whelan (through Sept. 26 at the Mint Theater); The Irish… and How They Got That Way (through Sept. 5 at the Irish Repertory Theatre); Absolution (Sept. 8-Oct. 3 at 59E59 Theaters); and Exit-Entrance (Sept. 10-Oct. 3 at 59E59 Theaters).

Newly added works include the world premiere of John Paul Murphy's Prophet of Monto, directed by Des Kennedy at the Flea (Sept. 8-25); and Three Irish Widows Versus the Rest of the World, written and performed by Ed Malone at Stage Left Studio (Sept. 7-Oct. 4).

M. Burke Walker will direct the U.S. premiere of Aidan Matthews' Exit/Entrance at 59E59 Theaters (Sept. 10-Oct. 3); and Dermot Bolger's The Holy Ground will receive its U.S. premiere under the direction of Don Creedon at Manhattan Theatre Source (Sept. 13-25).

Gary Duggan's Trans-Euro Express will be presented at the Irish Arts Center under the direction of Chris Henry (Sept. 15-Oct. 3); Darragh Martin's mixed-media work The Map of Lost Things will play PS 122 (Aug. 16-26); and the world premiere of Belinda McKeon's Graham and Frost will also play PS 122 (Sept. 16-Oct. 3).

Paula McFetridge will direct the site-specific This Is What We Sang at Synagogue for the Arts (beginning Sept. 19); Lestat star Roderick Hill will direct and star in Ron Hutchinson's Rat in the Skull at the Drilling Company Theatre (Sept. 22-Oct. 2); and Don Creedon's Guy Walks Into a Bar will be presented at Ryan's Daughter (Sept. 22-Oct. 2). Deirdre Kinahan's Hue & Cry, directed by David Horan, will play the Irish Repertory Theatre (Sept. 21-Oct. 3); and, finally, Anthony Newfield will direct a staged reading of Beowulf at the American Irish Historical Society (Sept. 27).

A Sept. 25 Irish Theatre Symposium at NYU's Glucksman Ireland House will feature Tony Award-winning The Weird and Beauty Queen of Leenane director Garry Hynes.

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