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

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

HistoryEdit

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
2009–2010
2008–2009
2007–2008
  • 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
2006–2007
  • 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
2005–2006
  • 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
2004–2005
2003–2004
  • 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
2002–2003
  • 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
2001–2002
  • 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
2000–2001
1999–2000
1998–1999
  • 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
1997–1998
1996–1997
  • 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
1995–1996
  • 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
1994–1995
  • 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
1992–1993
  • 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
1991–1992
  • Grandchild of Kings by Harold Prince [view photo gallery]
1990=1991
  • The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
  • Making History by Brian Friel
1989–1990
  • 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
1988–1989
  • 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

AwardsEdit

1992

  • Drama Desk Award, “Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama”
  • Clarence Derwent Award, Patrick Fitzgerald, Grandchild of Kings
  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Best Director” – Hal Prince, Grandchild of Kings
  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Best Actress” – Pauline Flanagan, Grandchild of Kings
  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Best Scenic Design” – Eugene Lee, Grandchild of Kings

1996

  • Drama Desk Nom., “Best Actress” – Melissa Errico, The Importance of Being Earnest

1997

  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actress” – Melissa Errico, Major Barbara

1998

  • The Irish American Heritage and Culture Week Committee of New York City, Board of Education, “Irish Organization of the *Year Award”
  • Obie Award, “Best Actor” – Daniel Gerroll, The Shaughraun
  • Obie Award, “Best Actor” – Brian Murray, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Best Actress in a Play” – Frances Sternhagen, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

1999

  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Best Actress” – Marion Seldes, Dear Liar


2000

  • Drama Desk Nom., “Best Actress” – Sinead Cusack, Our Lady of Sligo
  • Outer Critic Nom., “Best Actress” – Sinead Cusack, Our Lady of Sligo
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Best Actor” – Fritz Weaver, A Life

2002

  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Outstanding Solo Performance” – Charles Nelson Reilly, Save it for the Stage: The Life of Reilly
  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Outstanding Off-Broadway Play” – The Matchmaker
  • Hewes Design Award, “Noteworthy Special Effects” – James Morgan, Pigtown
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Production of a Musical” – The Streets of New York
  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actress in a Musical” – Kristin Maloney, The Streets of New York

2004

  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Revival of a Play” – The Colleen Bawn
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” – Finian’s Rainbow
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Revival of a Musical” – Finian’s Rainbow
  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actress in a Play” – Catherine Byrne, Eden
  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actress in a Musical” – Melissa Errico, Finian’s Rainbow
  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actor in a Musical” – Malcolm Gets, Finian’s Rainbow
  • Joe A. Callaway Award Nom., “Best Director” – Charlotte Moore, Finian’s Rainbow
  • Edinburgh Theatre Festival Award, “Best Play” – The Love Hungry Farmer
  • Edinburgh Theatre Festival Award, “Best Actor” – Des Keogh, The Love Hungry Farmer


2005

  • Lucille Lortel Award, “Outstanding Body of Work”
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Best Revival” – Finian’s Rainbow
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Best Choreography” – Barry McNabb, Finian’s Rainbow
  • Drama League Nom., “Best Actor” – Alvin Epstein, Endgame

2006

  • Obie Award, “Best Actress” – Dana Ivey, Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Solo Performance” – Jon Peterson, George M. Cohan, Tonight!
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Revival” – Philadelphia, Here I Come!
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Best Revival” – Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Featured Actress” – Helena Carroll, Philadelphia, Here I Come!
  • Drama League Nom. – Dana Ivey, Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Drama League Nom. – Jon Peterson, George M. Cohan, Tonight!

2007

  • The 2007 Jujamcyn Theaters Award
  • Joe A. Callaway Award Nom., “Best Director” – Ciarán O’Reilly, The Hairy Ape
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Scenic Design” – Eugene Lee, The Hairy Ape
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Actress in a Play” – Orlagh Cassidy, The Field
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Revival of a Play” – The Hairy Ape
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Director of a Play” – Ciarán O’Reilly, The Hairy Ape
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Revival of a Play ”- The Hairy Ape
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Performance Award” – Gregory Derelian and Gerald Finnegan, The Hairy Ape

2008

  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Best Actor” – Brian Murray, Gaslight
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” – Take Me Along
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Revival of a Play” – Gaslight
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Performance Award” – David Staller, Gaslight
  • Outer Critics Award, “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” – Take Me Along
  • St. Patrick’s Committee in Holyoke, “John F. Kennedy National Award” – Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly
  • Irish America, “50 Most Influential Women” – Charlotte Moore

2010

  • Joe A. Callaway Award, “Best Director” – Ciarán O’Reilly, The Emperor Jones
  • The O’Neill Credo Award – Ciarán O’Reilly, The Emperor Jones
  • Joe A. Callaway Award, “Best Performance” – John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Revival” – The Emperor Jones
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Lead Actor” – John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Sound Design” – Ryan Rumery and Christian Frederickson, The Emperor Jones
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Production of a Play” – The Emperor Jones
  • Drama League Nom., “Distinguished Performance Award” – John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Actor in a Play” – John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Costume Design” – Antonia Ford-Roberts and Bob Flanagan, The Emperor Jones
  • Hewes Design Award Nom., “Scenic Design” – Charlie Corcoran, The Emperor Jones
  • 6 AUDELCO Award Nominations, including “Best Revival” – The Emperor Jones
  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Revival” – Candida
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Actress in a Play” – Melissa Errico, Candida
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” – Xanthe Elbrick, Candida
  • Hewes Design Award Nom., “Lighting Design” – Clifton Taylor, White Woman Street
  • Irish America, “50 Most Influential Women” – Charlotte Moore

2011

  • The 2011 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

2012

  • Off-Broadway Alliance Nomination, “Best Revival,” Beyond the Horizon
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Unique Theatrical Experience,” Give Me Your Hand
  • Joe A. Callaway Award Nomination, “Best Director,” Charlotte Moore, Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Unique Theatrical Experience,”NOCTU
  • Drama Desk Nom., “Best Choreographer,” Brendán de Gallai, NOCTU

2013

  • Lucille Lortel Nom., “Outstanding Revival” – The Weir
  • Joe A. Callaway Award, “Best Actress” J. Smith Cameron, Juno and the Paycock
  • Joe A. Callaway Award Nomination, “Best Director” Ciarán O’Reilly, The Weir
  • Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award ― Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly in recognition of 25 years of producing outstanding theater.
  • Drama Desk Award Nomination, “Outstanding Actress in a Musical,” Jenny Powers, Donnybrook!
  • Drama Desk Award Nomination, “Outstanding Solo Performance,” Julian Sands, A Celebration of Harold Pinter

2014

  • Outer Critics Circle Nom., “Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical” – A Christmas Memory
  • Winner, 1st Irish Festival, “Outstanding Production” – Port Authority & “Best Actor” Peter Maloney

2015

  • Winner, 1st Irish Festival, “Best Playwright” – John McManus, The Quare Land
  • Winner, 1st Irish Festival, “Best Director,” Ciarán O’Reilly, The Quare Land
  • Winner, 1st Irish Festival, “Best Design” The Quare Land
  • 1st Irish Festival Special Jury Prize, Peter Maloney, for his performance in The Quare Land

2016

  • Irish America, “50 Most Influential Women” – Charlotte Moore

2017

  • Obie Award, “Outstanding Performance” to Matthew Broderick for Shining City
  • Obie Award, “Excellence in Sound Design” to Ryan Rumery for The Emperor Jones
  • Drama Desk Nomination, “Outstanding Fight Choreography,” Donal O’Farrell for Quietly
  • Off-Broadway Alliance “Legend of the Theatre,” Charlotte Moore
  • Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination, “Best Play Revival,” The Emperor Jones
  • 2017 Chita Rivera Award, “Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show” for Finian’s Rainbow, Lyrica Woodruff
  • Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination, “Best Musical Revival,” Finian’s Rainbow
  • Outer Critics Circle Nomination, “Best Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway),” Finian’s Rainbow

2018

  • Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nomination, “Best New Musical” for Woody Sez
  • Outer Critics Circle Awards Nomination, “Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical” for Woody Sez
  • Outer Critics Circle Awards Nomination, “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” for David M. Lutken, Woody Sez
  • Chita Rivera Awards Nomination, Colin Campbell for Disco Pigs
  • 1st Irish Festival Special Jury Prize, Colin Campbell, for his performance in Disco Pigs

ReferencesEdit

Notes

  1. ^ a b c http://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/1963/irish-repertory-theatre
  2. ^ https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/renovation-plan-sends-irish-reps-season-to-a-temporary-home/
  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.
  6. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/John-Keating-Laoisa-Sexton-and-More-to-Star-in-THE-PIGEON-IN-THE-TAJ-MAHAL-at-Irish-Rep-Cast-Complete-20161115

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