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The Irish Repertory Theatre is an Off Broadway theatre founded in 1988.[1]

Irish Repertory Theatre
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AddressNew York City, New York
OwnerCiarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore
OpenedSeptember 1988



The Irish Repertory Theatre was founded by Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore, which opened its doors in September 1988,[1] with Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre was and remains:

to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences, to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience, and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

In 1995, they made their permanent home in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.

The theater has been recognized with a 2007 Jujamcyn Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work." Its productions draw more than 35,000 audience members annually.[1]

In 2014, The Irish Repertory Theatre started a renovation of their home in Chelsea. For the 2014-15 season, Irish Rep's performances were held at the DR2 Theater near Union Square. [2]

During the holiday seasons of 2016 and 2017, the American Irish Historical Society headquarters on Fifth Avenue was home to the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of The Dead, 1904.[3] The show was an adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead, adapted by novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz and her husband, Irish poet, Paul Muldoon. For The Dead, 1904, the building had 57 guests at a time, who for part of the performance joined the cast for a holiday feast drawn from the original novella.[4]

In 2017, the company received an Obie Grant from the Obie Awards presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice.[5]

Season historyEdit

2016-2017 Season The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal [6] by Laoisa Sexton

2014–2015 Season
2013-2014 Season
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012
2010 – 2011
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Verne
  • Prisoner of the Crown by Richard Stockton, Additional Material and Original Concept by Richard T. Herd
  • Take Me Along, Book by Joseph Stein and Bob Russell, Lyrics and Music by Bob Merrill
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
  • Sive by John B. Keane
  • Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer by Aidan Dooley
  • Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton
  • Defender of the Faith by Stuart Carolan
  • Meet Me in St. Louis, Book by Hugh Wheeler, Songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
  • Irish One Acts: Great White American Teeth by Fiona Walsh and Swansong by Conor McDermottroe
  • The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill
  • Mr. Dooley's America by Philip Dunne and Martin Blaine
  • The Field by John B. Keane
  • You Don't have to be Irish by Malacy McCourt
  • George M. Cohan, Tonight! by Chip Deffaa and George M. Cohan
  • The Bells of Christmas conceived by Ciarán O'Reilly
  • Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
  • Beowulf adaptation and lyrics by Lindsey Turner, music and lyrics by Lenny Pickett
  • Triptych by Enda O'Brien
  • The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault
  • Christmas With Tommy Makem by Tommy Makem
  • Eden by Eugene O'Brien
  • Finian's Rainbow by E.Y. Harburg, Burton Lane and Fred Saidy, adapted by Charlotte Moore
  • Let's Put On A Show! with Jan and Mickey Rooney
  • Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy
  • A Celtic Christmas arranged by Charlotte Moore
  • Bedbound by Edna Walsh
  • The Love-Hungry Farmer by John B. Keane and adapted for the stage by Des Keogh
  • Foley by Michael West
  • Peg O' My Heart by J. Hartley Manners, songs by Charlotte Moore
  • Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly by Charles Nelson Reilly and Paul Linke
  • The Streets of New York by Dion Boucicault, adaptation and songs by Charlotte Moore
  • That and the Cup of Tea by Carmel Quinn and Sean Fuller
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • The Matchmaker by John B. Keane and adapted for the stage by Phyllis Ryan
  • An Evening in New York with W.B. Yeats and John Quinn, adapted by Neil Bradley and Paul Kerry
  • Pigtown by Mike Finn
  • The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
  • The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault
  • Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • Oh, Coward! by Roderick Cook
  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
  • The Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O'Casey
  • Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde [view photo gallery]
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • My Astonishing Self by Donal Donnelly
  • The Yeats Plays by William Butler Yeats
  • The Plough and The Stars by Seán O'Casey [view photo gallery]
  • The Nightingale and Not The Lark and The Invisible Man by Jennifer Johnston
  • Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis
  • Wait 'til I Tell You by Carmel Quinn
  • Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron
  • Juno and the Paycock by Seán O'Casey
  • Shimmer by John O'Keefe
  • Frank Pig Says Hello by Pat McCabe
  • A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy
  • Da by Hugh Leonard
  • The Au Pair Man by Hugh Leonard
  • The Hasty Heart by John Patrick
  • Mother of All the Behans by Peter Sheridan
  • Alive, Alive, Oh by Milo O'Shea and Kitty Sullivan
  • The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre by Tom Kilroy
  • Joyicity by Ulick O'Connor
  • Frankly Brendan by Frank O'Connor and Brendan Behan
  • Seconds Out by Young Irish Playwrights
  • Grandchild of Kings by Harold Prince [view photo gallery]
  • The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
  • Making History by Brian Friel
  • Sea Marks by Gardiner McKay
  • English That For Me by Eamon Kelly
  • A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy
  • Endwords by Chris O'Neill
  • Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel
  • The Plough and The Stars by Seán O'Casey
  • I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell by Bernard Farrell
  • Yeats! A Celebration by William Butler Yeats
  • A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy



  1. ^ a b c
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  3. ^ Kis, Eva (29 November 2017). "Theater Review: Learn how to live from The Dead 1904". Metro US. Metro New York. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Irish Rep Brings James Joyce’s “The Dead” to Life", Hilton Als, The New Yorker, December 4, 2017
  5. ^ Obie Awards, 2017 Winner.
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