Provocative Irish Theater Online from Abbey and Druid

Corrib Theatre’s production of KISSING THE WITCH by Emma Donoghue would have opened this last weekend. We’ll miss seeing all of you at the theatre! While the coronavirus has unfortunately impacted our production, we don’t want you to miss out entirely on seeing some Irish Theatre.
Read below about two award-winning shows that you can watch for free online, from the Abbey Theatre (in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre) and the Druid, two of the top theatres in Ireland which we attend on our annual Irish Theatre Tour.

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy and can gather around the monitor or TV to take in a night of Irish theatre.

Stay tuned for details about our 2020-21 season and more! In the meantime, your generosity, at any level, will help us through this rough time so that we can start the next season strong.

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– Gemma Whelan, Artistic Director
– Adam Liberman, Managing Director

Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre

Cyprus Avenue

by David Ireland, Directed by Vicky Featherstone

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Commissioned by The Space, this film of CYPRUS AVENUE, by David Ireland, mixes live capture of performance from the iconic stage production with location shooting in Belfast. It was first broadcast on Sunday 15 September 2019 on BBC Four.

Starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone, the award-winning Cyprus Avenue was originally coproduced by the Royal Court Theatre, London and Abbey Theatre, Dublin before touring to The MAC in Belfast and the Public Theater in New York.

Eric Miller (Stephen Rea) is a Belfast Loyalist. He is experiencing a psychotic episode and mistakes his five-week old granddaughter for Gerry Adams. Generations of sectarian trauma convince him that his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

This hard hitting black comedy Cyprus Avenue tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future. It was awarded Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017. For his portrayal of Eric, Stephen Rea won Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017.

Content Warning: Cyprus Avenue contains strong language, discussion of sectarian themes, and scenes of extreme violence that some viewers may find disturbing.

The Abbey Theatre was founded as a national theatre for Ireland by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904.

The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London, “is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now.”

The Playboy of the
Western World

by JM Synge, Directed by Garry Hynes

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In 2005, Druid presented the first ever staging of all John Millington Synge’s entire theatrical canon including THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. Directed by Garry Hynes, starring Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen and Catherine Walsh, this project was filmed live by Wildfire during production.

Synge’s great comic masterpiece tells the story of Christy Mahon, who stumbles into a public house in County Mayo claiming he has killed his father and so capturing the romantic attention of the daughter of the house, Pegeen Mike.

Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen, and Mick Lally and was the first professional Irish theatre company outside of Dublin.

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Season sponsored by Ronni Lacroute
Our season is made possible by generous individual donors and the following foundations and corporate sponsors:

September 2018 Events

The Genealogy Group meet at 6 p.m. on September 15th at the Oregon Stamp Society Building, 4828 NE 33rd in Portland.  For more information please call 503-286-4812.  Thank you.

The September regular meeting and social will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Oregon Stamp Society Building, 4828 NE 33rd in Portland.  More later on the cultural presentation.  Call 503-286-4812 for more information.  Thank you.


Appreciation Dinner

The Annual Appreciation Dinner will be Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street in Portland.  Since this is a private party, reservations are necessary.

Food choices are:

Spaghetti with meat sauce                                                                                                      Spaghetti marinara sauce (veggie option)                                                                            Lasagna                                                                                                                                            Chicken Marsala

Cost to AICS Members:  $20    Cost to Non-Members:  $24

Make check payable to AICS and mail to AICS, P. O. Box 3411, Portland, OR 97208-3444 by May 14, 2018.  Questions, phone 503-254-1377 or e-mail  Thank you.

January Pub Social

The January Pub Social will be held on Sunday afternoon, January 28, 2018, from 4 p.m. at Whelan’s Irish Pub.  The address is 11709 SE Division in Portland.  Whelan’s Irish Pub has a reputation for excellent food and they have a full bar.  Plenty of street parking.  

This informal get together is “no host” so food is available for purchase from the menu.  Drinks are on you too!

The owner opened this business in the last year.  He is from west Cork, so let’s come together and support his business.