Reading Series of New Plays

Admission: FREE


Reading Series of New Plays

Wednesday, September 11 | 6 pm & 8 pm

Building on our commitment to nurture the development of new work, we will present staged readings of two works-in-progress drawn from an open call for play submissions last spring.

September 11 | 6 pm

The Upstart
Written by Emily DeVoti      
Directed by Tim Ruddy

Fleeing a soured marriage, Laura sets out to find her own modest Brooklyn apartment and make a new life for herself as a writer. Her days are suffocated by the diva-esque whinings of an old vulnerable Irish actress, a quietly gruff butcher, and Brigid Hitler—the character of her play whom she based on Adolph Hitler’s Irish sister-in-law. Gathered memories intertwine, and slowly Laura gains the courage to stand up for her beliefs in this empowering play about a young woman trying desperately to overcome the obstacles in everyday life.

Running Time: 75 minutes

Emily DeVoti (Playwright) writes stories about the hidden, often private moments that make history. Her plays have been presented in NYC by New Georges, Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix Rep, Rattlestick Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop, ArsNova among others, and in London at the National Theater. They are published by Samuel French, Smith&Kraus and Indie Theater Now. She has been a McDowell Colony Fellow, and is a founder and current Theater Editor of The Brooklyn Rail. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU/Tisch, and an A.B. from Princeton University, where she won the Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts. She has taught playwriting at NYU and Mt. Holyoke College.

Tim Ruddy (Director) is delighted to be back working with the IAC. He recently directed the hit Off Broadway show For Love by Laoisa Sexton at the Irish Rep where he also won the Best Director Award (1st Irish Theatre Festival 2010) for his work on the hit show After Luke/When I Was God.  Other credits include Sweet by Alicia Frank (Hudson Guild NY), Bottom of the Lake by Conor McDermottroe (BCA, Boston), The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh (Actors Studio NY), Never in My Lifetime by Shirley Gee (Access Theatre NY), Rooftop by Tammy McNeill (Hudson Guild NY), One for the Road by Harold Pinter (Studio Theatre, London) and Voices from the Liffey By Stephen Brennan (Tour, CA). Currently, Tim’s play The International is premiering at The Cell Theatre as part of 1st Irish theatre Festival 2013; he is directing The Cure by Conal Creedon at Ryans Daughters; and he is a member Actors Center Workshop (ACW) performing in Chekovs’ The Seagull adaptation by Tom Kilroy at the Culture Project.


September 11 | 8 pm

Star of the Sea
Written by Lisa Tierney-Keogh
Directed by Matt Torney

It is days before Christmas and Lorraine and Darren have 24 hours until their North Dublin house is repossessed. Over a long, snowy evening of raucous drinking, the couple dismantles every wire, tile, shelf, cabinet, and piece of carpet in the house with the help of Lorraine’s father, Liam and her sister, Marie. Faced with looming life changes, the foursome get caught up in their own dark secrets and need for self-discovery in their search for home. Highly charged and deeply resonant, Star of the Sea is a tender, honest story of family, redemption and love.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Lisa Tierney-Keogh (Playwright)’s work has been staged and received readings in New York, London, Dublin and Belfast. Lisa has won The Irish Times Theatre Awards Bursary and has been nominated for The Stewart Parker Trust Award, The BBC Tony Doyle Television Award, and the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards. She was a member of the inaugural New Playwrights Programme at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. She has been published in The Irish Times and The Sunday Independent and trained with the Lee Strasberg Institute, The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.

Matt Torney (Director) is a writer and director from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an associate director of Origin Theatre in New York, and Rough Magic in Dublin. Recent U.S. credits include: Stop the Tempo and Tiny Dynamite (Origin), The New Electric Ballroom and The Walworth Farce (Studio Theatre DC, nominated for 3 Helen Hayes awards), Improbable Frequency (Solas Nua) and Three Sisters and Bright Room Called Day (Atlantic Theatre School). Irish credits include: Digging For Fire and Plaza Suite (Rough Magic), Paisley and Me and Meeting at Menin Gate (Green Shoot), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Making Strange, nominated for an Irish Theatre Award for Best Director). Matt holds an MFA from Columbia University. For more information visit www.matttorney.com.






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