Dear theatre friends,
Exciting news! The Dublin Theatre Festival 2020 will be presenting their program(me)— live, online, in theatres and outdoors. Because this Festival is only weeks after Edinburgh’s, I’ve only been once. Every year, however, I’m impressed by the quality of the offerings– often including highlights of the previous month’s Edinburgh shows.
You can’t mention Irish theatre without talking about Dublin’s venerable Abbey. This year, Lisa Tierney-Keogh was to have her Irish Times Best New Play Award- winning “This Beautiful Village” performed on their mainstage. Instead, it is streaming now until September 17th. I’ve known Lisa for many years– I’m thrilled that her career is blossoming despite Covid concerns.
Originally from Dublin, Lisa came to New York, settled in Brooklyn, then finally returned to her home country. One night, I met a most delightful gentleman, sitting next to me at a play. He proudly spoke of his playwright-daughter, who’d just returned to Ireland. “By any chance, would her name be Lisa?” I was sitting next to her father– stage and screen actor, Garrett Keogh.
From August 27th through the 30th, you can see the original cast in the New Group’s Reunion Reading of “The Jacksonian.” If you missed seeing Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Amy Madigan in 2013 in this atmospheric noir-y play, you’ll surely buy a ticket after reading the New York Times review.
Finally, do mark you calendars for MCC’s Miscast 20. This one time event will include many well known performers– in roles for which they never would have been cast, nor would they have even auditioned! Sounds as if it will be great fun. Be sure to sign up, subscribe and watch– perhaps donate, too?
That’s all for now– as I receive news I’ll pass it along. But don’t completely fill your calendars yet– more shows are continuing to find their way to our screens.
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!
Please send other theatre related information, or do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
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.