Dear theatre friends,
If my love of British theatre makes me an Anglophile, this month, my love of all things Irish makes me a Hibernophile– new to me!
The venerable Dublin-based, Oliver Award-winning, new writing company, Fishamble, will be back in New York at 59e59 Theatre with “Heaven” by Eugene O’brien.
While at 59’s website do look at their other Winter Season offerings. “The Immortal Jellyfish Girl” sounds particularly intriguing– from the Drama Desk Award-winning, Wakka Wakka Productions.
More Irish, as promised: The Irish Rep will be presenting “The Smuggler” by Ronan Noone. Described as “a thriller in rhyme”–it sounds delightful! Also, the classic Samuel Beckett “Endgame” begins there at the end of the month.
These works are all part of Origin Theatre’s 2023 First Irish Festival. I’m looking forward to several others, including the readings at the very end of their program.
And for the Anglophiles, the mega-talented Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident ot the Dog in the Night-Time”), has written “Cornelia Street”, a world premiere musical directed by The Atlantic Theatre’s own Neil Pepe.
Based on the memoir by photographer Larry Sultan, “Pictures From Home” by Sharr White, directed by Bartlett Sher, will be at Studio 54. Starring Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and the two-time Olivier Award winner, Zoe Wanamaker– this one is highly anticipated. Early performances are discounted if you use the code: PICTURES1.
And if you’ve been aching to stay home once again, you couldn’t choose a more fascinating play than “Nine Parts of Desire”, written and performed by the multi-Award winning Heather Raffo. Penned nearly twenty years ago during our “Second Persian Gulf War”, Iraqi-American Raffo paid tribute to the women of Iraq, and all women, caught in a conflict not of their making. I saw it then and remember it very well– I know it will move you, too.
That’s all for now. I hope to sit next to you in the theatre—soon!
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.