The Bronx girl who changed the face of Irish theater. An enigma and a shapeshifter, she changed her first name each time her life entered a new incarnation. Baptized Eleanor, she was Ellie as a child, a little beauty with a bounty of red-gold hair. Her gifts – singing, dancing, and especially acting – were supported by her parents who encouraged creativity in each of their … [Read more...] about Deirdre O’Connell’s Fanatic Heart
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Origin 1st Irish Theatre Fest, which ran during the month of January, welcomed all those with a love of the Irish arts scene to attend any of its seven productions and nine special events over its three-week run. Among the featured productions was playwright and producer Turlough McConnell’s Ulster at Play, a dramatic performance about the … [Read more...] about Ulster at Play Pays Homage to Northern Irish Theatre
In late 1980s Ireland, commercial digital scanning was newly available, and when Dublin artist Patrick Dunning decided to scan a piece of his art – a large but simple cosmic landscape – into a one million pixel format, he came to understand his painting not just as color on canvas, but as digital code with a message all its own. Patrick became committed to translating every … [Read more...] about Irish Multimedia Experience Goes Off-Broadway
Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, leading Beckett interpreters, and John Minihan, the photographer who captured Beckett on film, talk to Rosemary Rogers. Samuel Beckett created the greatest body of literary work – novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and, most famously, plays for theatre, radio, and TV – in the 20th century. But the Irishman and his artistic output is … [Read more...] about Beckett Unplugged
This January and February, a number of exciting events are happening in New York City, from a 20th anniversary revival of Edna Walsh's groundbreaking "Disco Pigs" at the Irish Repertory Theater to a pop extravaganza presented by the Irish Arts Center, and more.
January 5 – February 18
Tickets are available for a new production of Enda Walsh’s play Disco … [Read more...] about Weekly Comment:
Upcoming Events in Irish America