1st Irish Theatre Festival
The sixth annual edition of Origin’s 1st Irish, the world’s only theatre festival dedicated to Irish playwrights, runs from September 2 to 29. Curated and coordinated by the New York-based Origin Theatre Company, the month-long festival features plays and productions in a stimulating array of styles, by contemporary Irish playwrights from Belfast, Dublin, Boston and New York.
The mainstage shows will be presented at the Irish Rep, 59E59 Theaters, the Green Room at Ryan’s Daughter, Theatre 80 St. Marks, and the Cell. The 1st Irish Next Generation Series, a programming initiative launched last year, will consist of three world-premiere-first-look productions.
1st Irish Theatre Festival 2011
These shows, that are more than workshops but small enough to allow for continued experimentation and development, will go head to head with the Festival’s larger-scale productions for jury-voted awards honoring the outstanding performances and productions. At the Festival’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Monday September 30 the festival’s prestigious Audience Awards will also be handed out. In all, four world premieres and three American premieres will be seen.
About this organization
In 10 years Origin has established itself as the gateway to North America for Europe’s most respected award-winning playwrights. They connect with international theatre makers, nurture the next generation of playwrights and launch the best of what Europe has to offer in New York.