It is my pleasure to welcome you to the ninth annual Origin’s 1st Irish Festival.
Since its inception in 2002, Origin Theatre Company has remained focused on bringing new European playwrights to the New York Stage and we are honored to be working in concert with numerous participants to do just that.
We are delighted to welcome our visiting theater companies including both local and international artists. This year we extend a very special welcome to our new partners in Chicago, Cincinnati,Connecticut and Washington DC.
We are very grateful to all of our New York partners and our sponsors, Mutual of America, McVicker and Higginbotham, The Northern Ireland Bureau, Tourism Ireland, The American Ireland Fund, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council, New York State Council for The Arts and The Irish Government. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the passionate board members of Origin Theatre Company Sean Noonan (Chair) Enrico Ciotti, Tina Santi Flaherty, Janice Gormley, Andrea Haughian, Kate Kennon, Ute Keyes, Brett Perala, Aisling Reidy ,Antonia Reilly and Synnøve Horne Rizo-Patron. These individuals, along with countless volunteers and patrons, are invaluable.
As we begin our 9th year of celebrating this festival…..by festival’s end 1st Irish will have presented more than 162 Irish playwrights to New York audiences – a massive achievement for any festival. Our festival also offers numerous creative and networking opportunities for the Irish artistic community in New York and beyond.
For the next four weeks I invite you to dive into the outstanding program of events and productions 1st Irish has lined up this year.
George C. Heslin
New York’s annual 1st Irish Theatre Festival: a celebration of the best of Irish theatre, brought to you by Origin Theatre Company. Throughout September we highlight performances from playwrights new and old throughout the city.