50 Irish Writers with 50 Irish Actors – Abbey Theatre

Hello everyone,

I’d like to let you all know about an incredible online project by Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre. The Abbey commissioned writers from Ireland, with unique additional contributions from the USA, China, and Italy, to each write a monologue to be performed by 50 actors and then streamed on YouTube. It will be presented over four evenings, starting April 28th. I’ll be watching, and I’m eager to hear your reactions.

In addition, Cyprus Avenue, a co-production of the Abbey and Royal Court, continues through April 26th. I just watched it — it is quite powerful, and not for the faint-of-heart! And from the famous Druid theatre in Galway are two JM Synge plays. Details about all of these online shows is below.

I miss seeing you all at the theatre! At Corrib, we are working to prepare for our next season, so that we can be poised for a strong return when it’s safe to gather again.

I was brought up on a farm in Ireland and remember when the concept of leaving the land fallow sunk into my brain. It seemed like a waste to have the soil plowed and primed but sitting idle, until I realized that this was a prelude to future fertility. My hope is that our post-COVID world will be one of renewed commitment to equity, and the arts will be richer and even more relevant to all. We will be back! In the meantime, stay safe.

– Gemma Whelan, Artistic Director

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A national conversation led by Ireland’s artists: 50 writers, 50 actors

Dear Ireland

April 28 – May 1 7:30pm
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The Abbey Theatre commissioned writers from Ireland, with unique additional contributions from the USA, China and Italy, to each write a monologue, to be performed by 50 actors, and then streamed on YouTube.

Each writer nominated one actor to perform their piece, and the actors are self-taping their performances from social isolation.

What do we want to be to one another?
What do we want our society to look like?
What are we not paying enough attention to?
Where do we want to go next?

What should Ireland write on a postcard to itself?

by David Ireland, Directed by Vicky Featherstone

Cyprus Avenue

through April 26

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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.”

Riders to the Sea

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.

A one-act tragedy, Riders of the Sea is set on the Aran Island, Inishmaan, and like all of Synge’s plays it is noted for capturing the poetic dialogue of rural Ireland. The plot is based not on the traditional conflict of human wills but on the hopeless struggle of a people against the impersonal but relentless cruelty of the sea.

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.

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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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

Watch Now
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

Watch Now
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 maryrosemulligan@comcast.net.  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.

January High Tea

Please join us for the High Tea at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th.  The place to be is the Oregon Stamp Society Building, 4828 NE 33rd Avenue in Portland.  You will be able to taste various teas and enjoy sandwiches, sweets and savories.

Following the tea, and a short business meeting, Mr. Don Anderson will speak not only about his use of DNA to find his “biological” parents but update us on his experiences as an author of Paper and Spit.

Please note that the event starts at 6 p.m.

All are welcome.

AICS 2017 Summer Picnic

The AICS Picnic, August 27 at the grove at St. Birgitta in Linnton.  A beautiful day with great food, games and prizes, entertainment and dancing and lively conversation.

ANNUAL PICNIC

THE ANNUAL PICNIC.

The picnic on the 27th will be from noon until 4 p.m. at St. Birgitta’s grove, 11820 NW St. Helen’s Road.  Patrick Seed, chair, and friends are planning a fun time with games, music, prizes and great food.  Hamburgers, hotdogs and fixings and beverages will be provided by the AICS.  Please bring your favorite salad, dessert or bread to share.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2018 Dream-Team meeting

March 17, 2018 may seem far into the future, but to have a successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration means the hard work start now.

Mark your calendar for July 20 at 7 p.m. to be at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Station #65 Conference room at 3425 SW 103rd in Beaverton.  Please consider joining the team and helping make important decisions for March 17, 2018.  We will be laying the groundwork for bringing another great St. Patrick’s Day event to the metro area.  Decisions will be made about the event’s hours, admission fees, entertainment, food, bar, decorations, advertising, raffle, sponsors and donors, and more.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, would you please send your input to the chair, Brendan Kerg, at Brendankerg@yahoo.com or maryrosemulligan@comcast.net