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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: The mission of The Irish Rep is: to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to a broad American audience, 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 it relates to other cultures. The Irish Rep offers a balanced fare of programs through Theatrical Productions, the New Works Reading Series, and Arts Engagement activities.

Results: Twenty-two seasons and counting . . . Just a few of The Irish Rep’s most notable artistic achievements include: 2008 ― Outer Critics Award, “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” ― Take Me Along 2007 ― Jujamcyn Theaters Award for “Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Creative Talent.” 2006 ― Obie Award, “Best Actress” ― Dana Ivey, Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2005 ― Lucille Lortel award for “Outstanding Body of Work” 2004 ― Finian’s Rainbow, adapted by Charlotte Moore.  The production received widespread audience and critical acclaim, was extended for an unprecedented 13 weeks, and nominated for the Lucille Lortel awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical, Drama League award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. 2004 ― The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault.  The production received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play. 2001 ― The Irish…and How They Got That Way by Frank McCourt.  This world premiere production by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt received international acclaim and continues to attract a worldwide audience both through television (PBS) and sales of the movie on VHS. 1992 ― Received the Drama Desk Award for Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama. Along with these artistic achievements, The Irish Rep has presented the American or World premiere of several Irish and Irish American works including, Harold Prince’s Grandchild of Kings (1991), Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron (1995), Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry (2000), The Matchmaker by John B. Keane, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off Broadway Play (2002), Bedbound by Enda Walsh (2003), new musical adaptation of Beowulf (2005), and Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of The Master Builder (2008).

Target demographics: The Irish Rep is acknowledged for its commitment to engaging communities in a greater appreciation of Irish and Irish American dramatic works.  The Artistic and Producing Directors, valued for their accomplishments within the theatrical and Irish American communities, provide a vital gateway to Irish culture both here and abroad.  The company maintains a database of audience members from the tri-state area and beyond from all racial, economic and social backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 Audience Members Annually

Geographic areas served: Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)

Programs: To provide knowledge and an appreciation for irish culture and literature through the promotion of the irish theatre.

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Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Irish Rep never fails to inspire. This intimate setting is home to some of the best theater in all of New York... polished, intelligent, provocative, and always entertaining. The highlight of this year's season for me was The Emperor Jones—a glittering production that featured the prodigious talent of John Douglas Thompson. What a thrill!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is what a theatre experience should be....excellent productions..fair pricing ....great seating...no problem parking...If you can't get to Ireland to attend a show..this is the nearest best thing.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE everything about the IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE - it's flawless execution of great plays: casting, acting, costumes, musical arrangements, scenery, lighting, choreography, and staff. The quality of the patrons it attracts is especially delightful, too. The last show I ushered was "Ernest in Love", this past Sunday (February 7, 2010). I heard about the glowing review that the show had gotten, but I went thinking that no show would match such a review, not for me. Happily, I was wrong. The show itself ("Ernest in Love"), the production, and the whole experience was over-the-top superb! By means of comparison, please note that I recently (two weeks ago, for the first time) saw "Wicked". With a wonderful 2nd-row-center Mezzanine seat, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The clever story was new to me and I loved learning that the 'wicked' witch was not only NOT wicked, but that she "lived happily ever after". The performances, sound system, and costumes, all was tops. Again, for Broadway, it was great! Nevertheless, "Ernest in Love" was - by far! -- the better show and experience. At the IRISH REP, I was able to catch every facial nuance and I could distinctly understand ALL the wonderful lyrics. The show was more than just (just?) a clever story. It was the product of brilliant collaboration, in intimate and comfortable space, for the benefit of the very best audience experience. Yes indeed, all-in-all, in my humble opinion, "Ernest in Love" was much better than "Wicked" because it was produced at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Who am I? I am someone who selectively attends 25-45 shows per year. I highly recommend full support for and frequent attendance at the IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE... Box Office: (212) 727-2737

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for over 10 years and have brought family and friends to the Irish Rep productions - all rave reviews! They are talented, professional and hold a very important role in keeping Irish theater alive and current. Their productions have won every top award available to off - Broadway Theater. They make me proud to be Irish. Charlotte Moore and Ciran O'Reilly should receive medals for their dedication to this Irish art form and for their ongoing successes! If you are not a member now - join today and support this amazing jewel of a theater.