How to Keep an Alien

$40 general
($32 members)

$50 premium
($40 members)

If you have trouble purchasing tickets, please email us at info@irishartscenter.org

Irish Arts Center presents
Rough Magic’s
How to Keep an Alien

Written and Performed by Sonya Kelly
with Paul Curley

Directed by Gina Moxley

September 15 – October 1
Wednesday – Friday | 8 PM
Saturday | 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday | 3 PM

"A poignant, funny show...and a strong entry in the new season at Irish Arts Center." - The New York Times

"Sonya Kelly's one-woman show about a cross-border love affair is hilarious and charming." - Financial Times

"A sweet, charmingly spun tale of modern love and state bureaucracy." - Village Voice

"A very, very funny show…one to fall in love with."
- The Guardian

How to Keep an Alien is a story about falling in love and having to prove it to the government. Tearfully funny and tender, this autobiographical tale follows Irish Sonya and Australian Kate as they try to persuade the Department of Immigration that they have the right to live together in Ireland.

Join Sonya and Kate on a madcap odyssey from the stony townlands of Ireland to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush. It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork!

Sonya Kelly's debut show I Can See Clearly Now won a Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2012 and was a New York Times Critics' Pick. Based in Dublin, Rough Magic Theatre Company is one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies. They regularly perform at Project Arts Centre and tour work in Ireland, the UK, and beyond.

Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission


Sunday, September 25
Join us for a special extended Q&A with Sonya Kelly after the 3 PM performance.

Irish Arts Center is proud to be part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival 2016, New York’s annual festival of Irish theatre.

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