Southwest Irish Theater Festival

Southwest Irish Theater Festival

irish2b THEATERWORK accepted an invitation from organizers of the 2nd Annual Southwest Irish Theater Festival. It will join with several Albuquerque theater companies in building a festival this year. Audiences will be able to experience a broad range of events drawn from the extraordinary cultural life of Ireland.
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The Cordelia Dream

by Marina Carr           Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2008, The Cordelia Dream is a bold and poignant - take on the Lear/Cordelia story. Drawing on the great storehouse of Irish myth and inspired by the fearlessness of Shakespeare’s emotional fearlessness, she has written a play that is at once Irish and without borders. Marina Carr is a recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the McCaulay Fellowship, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been writer-in-residence at the Abbey Theater and held the Heinbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova. She was the1932 Fellow at Princeton University and currently teaches playwriting at Trinity College, Dublin, where she is Honorary Professor at the Samuel Beckett Centre for the Arts. Ms. Carr lives in Kerry with her husband and four children. Meet Marina Carr for conversation Cast List: Man - Jack Sherman Woman - Elise Manning
March 21/29 @ 7pm [James A. Little Theater]

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Molly Sweeney

by Brian Friel               Molly Sweeney has been on tour in New Mexico as part of a touring project, which will also include An Almost Holy Picture by Heather MacDonald in the new year. Brian Friel has been called “the Irish Chekhov.” He has written more than thirty plays in a six-decade career. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the British Royal Society of Literature and the Irish Academy of Letters. He has won several Tony Awards, the Lawrence Olivier Award and the N.Y. Drama Critics Award for Best Play. He is the Artistic Director of the Field Day Theatre Company. Molly Sweeney is beautiful and dazzling in its eloquence and honesty. The stories of three characters interweave onstage, threading in and out of each other’s lives, leading to an unexpected and touching conclusion. Three of TW’s veteran actors - Vanessa Rios y Valles, Dan Friedman and Jonathan Dixon- bring this powerful play to life. Cast List: Molly Sweeney - Vanessa Rios y Valles Frank Sweeney - Jonathan Dixon Mr. Rice - Dan Friedman
March 22 @ 2pm, March 28 @ 7pm [James A. Little Theater]

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A White Notebook

The Letters of W.B. Yeats & Maud Gonne by Leslie Dillen   The text for A White Notebook was adapted by Leslie Dillen, actor and playwright, from the extensive correspondence of these two extraordinary figures in the cultural and political life of Ireland. Maud Gonne was an actor, activist, spiritualist and revolutionary. W.B. Yeats is considered to be Ireland’s greatest poet. Their devotion to one another - and their struggles with one another - form the basis of many hundreds of letters written over decades. The performance will bring their words to life, including some of the poems Yeats wrote for Maud Gonne. Cast List: Maud Gonne - Leslie Dillen W.B. Yeats - Jonathan Dixon
March 22 @ 7pm, March 29 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]

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Cathleen ni Houlihan

by W.B. Yeats               Cathleen ni Houlihan - written for Maude Gonne in the title role - will be brought to life by actors, dancers and -perhaps- visiting spirits! Anything is possible when you set foot on Irish soil! Be warned - it is known that Ms. Gonne's thrilling appearance as "Cathleen" in this play in 1903 caused a riot that spilled out onto the streets. Some insist that it contributed directly to the Easter Uprising! Cast List: Cathleen - Catherine Donavon Peter Gillane - Kerry Kehoe Bridget Gillane - Sabina Dunn Micheal Gillane - Chance Willey Patrick Gillane - Ethan Shillaker Delia Cahel - Celia Kessler Spirits of the Woods: Shannon Kossman Maria Jones Mabel Lujan Aurelie Mujynya Raquel Gilliland Adrienee Bellis
March 22 @ 7pm, March 29 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]

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All the Doors Swinging Wide!

Music Director: Marilyn Barnes           Is an event, which includes performances of vocal music for soloists and chorus composed from lyrics written by Irish poets. In addition to the musical pieces, audiences will enjoy poetry written by Irish women poets, brought to the stage by four actors, members of the THEATERWORK Company. Music Director: Marilyn Barnes Musicians: Kathlene Ritch / Nancy Brzenski Choir & Soloists: Nadine Grantham Philips / Lauren Rodriquez -Hastings / Larissa Foy / Alejandra Mayorga del Valle / Melody Hett / Mckayla Hicks / Katherine Keener / Kathleen McQuillan / Catherine Donavon / Emma Montoya / Anita Hett / Maren Woods / Janine Sammeth / Kristin Mackowski / Darlene Mackowski / Jennifer Vela / Melissa Salazar / Marilyn Barnes / Camille Sammeth / Adrienne Bellis Dancers: Celia Kessler Shannon Kossmann Tovah Strong Darcy Turin Katelyn Zuments THEATERWORK FESTIVAL STAFF: David Olson - Artistic Director Paula Olson - Managing Director Jack Sherman - Technical Director Adrienne Bellis - Choreographer Jasminka Jesic - Costume Designer Steve Carmichael - Lighting Designer Ilana Friedman - Assistant to the Director Richard Gonzales - Props Master Kristin Higginbotham - Graphics Designer Stage Manager - Marcos Kelly Special Arrangements - Sam Gerberding, Inn of the Governors Poetry Readers: Kat Sawyer / Angela Janda / Jenice Gharib / Sabina Dunn
March 23 @ 2pm, March 30 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]

SANTA FE PERFORMANCES:

The Cordelia Dream
March 21/29 @ 7pm [James A. Little Theater]
Molly Sweeney
March 22 @ 2pm, March 28 @ 7pm [James A. Little Theater]
A White Notebook
March 22 @ 7pm, March 29 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]
Cathleen ni Houlihan
March 22 @ 7pm, March 29 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]
All The Doors Swinging Wide!
March 23 @ 2pm, March 30 @ 2pm [James A. Little Theater]


RESERVATIONS:

(505)-471-1799 All tickets for the festival will be $5. We have set that amount as a gift to the community in gratitude for their strong support of THEATERWORK in it's first 18 seasons in Santa Fe.


ALBUQUERQUE PERFORMANCES:

Juno and the Paycock, by Sean O'Casey
opens 3/14/2014 [Vortex Theater]
Gibraltar, by Patrick Fitzgerald
opens 3/21/2014 [Aux Dog Theater]
Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel
opens 3/27/2014 [Adobe Theater]

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