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Irish Repertory Theatre Company Inc

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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have consistently been enriched by the theatrical productions I have attended. For me theatre of this quality contributes to the quality of my life. Their relatively humble beginning was also accompanied by talent and a laser focus on their mission. They believed that the Irish theatre tradition had made a major contribution to drama in Ireland, in America and around the world. That tradition, they knew, deserved to be shared in the great theatre culture of New York City with a dedication full of respect, knowledge, talent and integrity. I and thousands of New Yorkers have been blessed with the resulting quality of Irish theatre both old and new in a beautiful diversity of content. This tireless hard work deserves all the support and gratitude we can provide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the past several years, I have attended most of the productions offered by the Irish Repertory Theatre. I continue to go there because of their wonderfully interesting choice of plays, the consistent excellence of the actors, and the amazing creativity and imagination of their productions in that tiny space with limited financial resources. But even after years of being impressed with their work, nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance of their production of "Emperor Jones". I saw it a couple of years ago in a huge production at the National Theatre in London; at the time, I thought it was pretty good, but by comparison it didn't even come close to the extraordinary experience that Irish Rep gave us! If this is what they can do on a shoestring, just imagine what they could do with sufficient financial support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am of Irish ancestry and really appreciate this opportunity to see Irish plays, often with Irish actors, beautifully performed in this small, intimate setting. Last year works of Joyce that are not often performed were read or played. I have been attending performances over the years and always feel en-ergized by the authenticity of the performance and the sense that they are speaking directly to me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I went to a show at the Irish Repertory Theatre during our honeymoon, and it was a wonderful experience. The theatre is intimate, and the shows are of the highest quality. The next time we are in New York, we will be sure to see whatever is playing there. I've remained on their mailing list specifically to recommend upcoming shows to our friends. It's good to know such a place exists.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have attended many performances by this group and each one has been of superb quality in terms of the acting, directing, costumes, sets,choice of play, etc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the biggest little theatre in town! Every performance is top drawer. Just choose the type of performance that interests you, and have a wonderful evening...guaranteed. Another plus,,,easy parking.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Love the IRTC..I have become a member because I Am SO impressed with their productions. I Don't know how Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O'Rielly do it. They are true artists. You can't help be affected by their professional productions and their respect for PURE THEATRE. I'm amazed at their energy level. No sooner does one wonderful production close then another is waiting in the wings. Through the years, I Have gotten a favorite actress..Terry Donnelly. If I See Terry's name, I Immediately request tickets. Whatever production this wonderful actress takes her hand to, it is always brilliant.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the last 4 productions of the Irish Theatre Company and every one of them have been superb. "The Emperor Jones" was incredible, better than I ever expected - fantastic acting! I'm looking forward to seeing all their future productions. Even if I'm not familiar with the play, I will see it because I know this company will do a great job.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Going to the theater here is always a rich experience. The acting is very good and they do wonders in the limited physical space they have.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw Emperor Jones in November. It was my first time at the Irish Repertory Theatre. This was an amazing production, with exceptional acting, creative staging, and an overall riveting production. I look forward to attending future productions,

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been both a subscriber and supporter of The Irish Repertory Theater for over ten years now and they never fail to disappoint. The variety of productions is amazing. From musicals to the classics, the array of talent and professionalism is staggering. The intimate theater envelops the audience and provides a thrilling experience. I love everything about the Irish Rep. I hope they go on forever!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful theater! This year - Emperor Jones and Ernest in Love - some of the best theater in town this year. In the small, no-bad-seat venue, one could not ask for anything better. Rake is great - never anyone in front of you blocking your view. And...the staff....so accomodating, eager to help resell tickets. YES RESELL. This theater is a treasure. I can't wait to see Candida.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I very appreciate the theater's commitment to presenting outstanding theater and the care with which it mounts its productions. i also like being in the physical space of the theater.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've attended only a few performances at the Irish Rep and really enjoyed them. I don't go to everything they produce, only what appeals to me, so in that sense my comments may not be generally representative. However, with that in mind, it's a wonderfully small, intimate theater. I've sat all the way in the back in the last row and it still doesn't matter because the theater is so small. The only seats I would be reluctant to get are the ones on the stage itself (yes, they have seats on the stage!) because they are off to one side, and though you're awfully close to the action, you don't see the stage from the front. In the shows I've seen the acting has been outstanding -- absolutly on a par with what you would see at a full Broadway production. When I've seen musicals there they've been very good too Obviously, they don't have anything like an orchestra, just a small ensemble (trio, quartet or something like that), but it doesn't matter because the intimacy of the production more than makes up for the small sound).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are always delighted by Irish Repertory Theatre productions. The acting, direction, sets and costumes are superb. The intimacy adds greatly to the experience. What the Irish Rep produces on the small stage is amazing – sometimes with musicians! This is Off-Broadway at its best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I saw one of the Yeats cycle series, and a reading of a play about Yeats, and both were wonderful productions!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emperor Jones was so outrageously outstanding that I saw it 3 times. It wasn't only the extraordinary acting of John Duncan Thompson, but the creative set, costumes, dance, music, drums, hums, and so much more, that it brought me back twice after first seeing it. Hooray for the Irish Rep Theatre Company!