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Black Tie International: 1st Irish 2012


1st Irish 2012

By Fiddle Viracola





The 1st IRISH 2012 is PRESENTING 6 U.S. SHOWS AND 3 FROM IRELAND including 2 MUSICALS. Beginning Monday September 3, two world and three American play premieres are happening This year’s non-competitive edition of 1st Irish; the world’s only theatre festival devoted exclusively to Irish playwrights, runs through Monday October1. 1st Irish is the dream come true of George Heslin and his Origin Theatre Company. The illustrious Sponsors include Tom Moran head of Mutual  who celebrates their launch with a stunning party high in the skyscraper clouds of the Mutual building.

The six shows produced by American companies include:


The Cell presents the world premiere of “Hard Times,” a new musical by Larry Kirwan of Black 47, that daringly juxtaposes Irish and African-American folk traditions. Directed by Kira Simring, “Hard Times” re-imagines songs by Stephen Foster, while telling the story of the “father of American music” set against the backdrop of New York City’s Civil War draft riots. Cast of six headed by Jed Peterson as Stephen Foster. 120 minutes.

(11 performances September 13 to 30, at The Cell, 338 West 23rd Street)

Sept 13, 14, 15 (opening) @ 8pm; Sept 19 @ 3pm

Sept 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm; Sept 30 @ 3pm



The Irish Rep’s current well-reviewed revival of “New Girl in Town,” the 1957 Broadway musical based on Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Anna Christie” is running through September 14.  Directed by Charlotte Moore, with music direction by John Bell and choreography by Barry McNabb, this is the first full production of the Bob Merrill/George Abbott musical since its 1957 Tony-nominated Broadway run. 120 minutes.

(Now through September 14 at the Irish Rep, 132 West 22nd Street

Sept 11 @ 8pm; Sept 12 @ 3pm & 8pm; Sept 13 @ 7pm; Sept 14 @ 3pm & 8pm

3/ FOR LOVE (Next Generation Series)

Grand Scheme and The Drilling Co. present the world premiere of “For Love,” a new play by and starring Laoisa Sexton, the 1st Irish 2010 Best Actress Award winner (“The Prophet of Monto”) about three women navigating the choppy waters of Dublin nightlife. Cast of three includes John Duddy and Georgina McKevitt.

(4 performances from September 25 to 30 at The Drilling Company Theatre,
236 West 78th Street)

Sept 25, 27 @ 7pm; Sept 29 @ 4pm; Sept 30 at 7pm

4/ JIMMY TITANIC (Next Generation Series)

Tir Na Theatre Co. (Boston) and The Drilling Co. bring the New York premiere of Bernard McMullan’s new play featuring Colin Hamell “Jimmy Titanic.” 100 years after its historic maiden and last voyage, an angel still rides the Titanic, steering its legacy to distant shores.  Directed by Carmel O’Reilly.

(4 performances September 25 to 30, at The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78th Street)

Sept 25, 28 @ 9pm; Sept 29 @ 7pm; Sept 30 @ 4pm

5/ BRENDAN (Next Generation Series)

Fat Violet Theater, in association with The Drilling Co., presents the Irne Award-winning play “Brendan” by Ronan Noone. Directed by David Sullivan, with a cast including Dashell Eaves, Kelly McAndrew, Sean Michael Bowles, Kevin Melendez and Nancy Walsh, “Brendan” is a funny and touching play about a recent Irish immigrant in America who struggles to leave his past behind him.

(4 performances, September 26 to 30, at The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78th Street)

Sept 26 @ 7pm; Sept 27, 29 @ 9pm; Sept 30 @ 1pm

6/ HOUSE STRICTLY PRIVATE (Next Generation Series)

New York’s Double Decker Productions, in association with The Drilling Co., pulls out all the stops on Jimmy Kerr’s “House Strictly Private,” a dark comedy set in rural Northern Ireland.  (Kerr’s “Ardnaglass in the Air” was part of 1st Irish 2010.)

(4 performances, September 26 to 30, at The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78th Street)

Sept 26 @ 9pm; Sept 28 @ 7pm; Sept 29 @ 1pm; Sept 30 @ 9pm


The productions from Ireland include:



59E59 Theaters presents the U.S. premiere of the Belfast-based Green Shoot Productions critically acclaimed production of Marie Jones’ hilarious comedy 
“Fly Me to the Moon.” 
Written and directed by Jones, the author of the hit Broadway show “Stones in His Pockets,” which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 1999 Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award for Best Production, “Fly Me to the Moon” stars Tara Lynn O’Neill and Katie Tumelty as two care workers who go to extraordinary lengths to make ends meet.

(31 performances from September 5 to 30, at 59E59 Theaters)

Tues, Wed, Thur 7:15, Fri 8:15 Sat 2:15, 8:15, Sun 3:15 & 7:15

Sept 5 (not available), 6 @ 7:15pm; Sept 7 @ 8:15pm; Sept 8 @ 2:15pm & 8:15pm; Sept 9 @ 3:15pm & 7:15pm

Sept 11, 12 (opening), 13 @ 7:15pm; Sept 14 @ 8:15pm; Sept 15 @ 2:15pm & 8:15pm; Sept 16 @ 3:15pm & 7:15pm

Sept 18, 19, 20 @ 7:15pm; Sept 21 @ 8:15pm; Sept 22 @ 2:15pm & 8:15pm; Sept 23 @ 3:15pm & 7:15pm

Sept 25, 26, 27 @ 7:15pm; Sept 28 @ 8:15pm; Sept 29 @ 2:15pm & 8:15pm; Sept 30 @ 3:15pm & 7:15pm



Produced by Fishamble, the New Play Company, the Edinburgh Fringe winner “Silent,” by the award-winning writer/performer Pat Kinevane, is one of the most talked-about shows in Ireland. It comes direct from its sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre to the Irish Arts Center where it is presented in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller.  Directed by Jim Culleton about a homeless man who’s lost it all. (Well-known to 1st Irish audiences, Dublin’s Fishamble brought us “Noah and the Tower Flower” last season, and “The Pride of Parnell Street” in 2009.) 80 minutes.

(14 performances from September 6 to 23, at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street)

Wed – Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

Thurs Sept 6, 7, 8, @ 8pm; Sept 9 @ 3pm (opening)

Sept 12, 13, 14, 15 @ 8pm; Sept 16 @ 3pm

Sept 19, 20, 21, 22 @ 8pm; Sept  23 @ 3pm



The U.S. premiere of the award-winning Dublin sensation “Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions, Part 2” written and performed by Suzanna Geraghty.  The farcical send-up of an actor’s life, introduces us to Zoe, an aspiring actress with a heart of gold and an ambition made of the toughest alloy.  Directed by Andy Crook, presented by The Be You, All Others Are Taken Co. in association with The Drilling Co. 70 minutes.

(14 performances, September 5 to 22, at The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78th Street)

Wed – Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

Sept 5, 6, 7, 8, @ 8pm; Sept 9 @ 3pm

Sept 12, 13, 14, 15 @ 8pm; Sept 16 @ 3pm

Sept 19, 20, 21, 22 @ 8pm

This year 1st Irish launches its 1st Irish Next Generation series, featuring plays advancing in the development process that are post-workshop, and being mounted for the first time in full productions.

1st Irish 2012 runs from September 3 through October 1.  For festival information, visit www.1stIrish.org

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