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Irish Arts Center and The Abbey Theatre Dublin present
Abbey Theatre On Tour
October 17 – November 10
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 10th!
Written and Performed by Eamon Morrissey
Directed by Gerard Stembridge
Running Time: 70 minutes
Direct from its world premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Maeve’s House is a beautiful, poignant show about shared experiences and brief encounters.
From the modest brick houses and small gardens of Dublin’s Ranelagh village to the towering glory of Manhattan, Maeve Brennan was a pioneering Irish writer, admired as much for her intelligence and wit as her beauty and style. Her “bittersweet chronicle of New York in transition in the 1950s and 60s” (NYT) graced The New Yorker’s famed “Talk of the Town” section while her tender, memory-filled fiction reflected her own fragmented upbringing in Ireland.
Brennan set most of her short stories in Ranelagh, a leafy suburb in Dublin, in the same house Irish actor Eamon Morrissey would grow up in 20 years later. In 1966, while performing on Broadway in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia Here I Come!, Eamon picked up The New Yorker and was surprised to discover his family home brought vividly to life in Brennan’s story “Twelfth Wedding Anniversary.” Thus began his journey to meet this mysterious woman.
“It was as if the magazine in my hands had become a mirror.” – Eamon Morrissey
Bringing to life Brennan’s extraordinary character and remarkable stories in the context of his own remarkable life, acclaimed stage actor and Fair City star Eamon Morrissey creates a moving portrait of one of Ireland and American’s most enigmatic figures.
Maeve's House is an Abbey Theatre production.
“Reading Maeve Brennan is like watching a master jeweler construct a ticking watch from an array of tiny, inanimate parts -- her exquisite skill in piecing together the emotional landscape of her characters is evident in every line…with scathing wit.” – The New York Times
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"...something that comes close to pure magic...please, please, don't miss it."
- Sunday Independent
"... an affectionate paean to Brennan's work."
- The Irish Times
"This is both a tribute to, and a touching memory of, the writer Maeve Brennan."
- The Guardian
"....with its huge charm, humour, and subtle gravitas, Maeve's House is affecting theatre."- Irish Examiner
"...a charming, personal memory re-enacted by a skilled writer and performer"
Artist Talk Back with Eamon Morrissey and Rebecca Mead
Following the 3 pm performance of Maeve’s House, join us for an artist talk back with Eamon Morrissey and Rebecca Mead, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the forthcoming My Life in Middlemarch (Jan 2014).
Sunday, October 27 | 4:30 pm
Artist Talk Back with Eamon Morrissey, Fiach Mac Conghail and Aidan ConnollyFollowing the 8 pm performance of Maeve’s House, join us for an artist talk back with Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre, Aidan Connolly, Executive Director of the Irish Arts Center and Eamon Morrissey.
Wednesday, October 30 | 9:30 pm
Follow in the footsteps of The New Yorker writer Maeve Brennan at The “Walk” of the Town this September. Click here for more information.
Eamon Morrissey is one of Ireland’s best-loved actors. He has starred in over one hundred productions at the Abbey Theatre, including the premieres of Borstal Boy (1967), Famine (1968), The Freedom of the City (1973), Canaries (1980), The Broken Jug (1994) and Savoy (2004). As well as appearing in the U.S. premieres of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Lovers on Broadway, Eamon has also toured extensively in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Film and television credits include Eat the Peach, The Fitz and Father Ted and Hall’s Pictorial Weekly on RTÉ.