Past Shows

2015 Penelope   by Enda Walsh

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Starring: Starring Adair Arciero, Jared Michael Delaney, Leonard Hass, John Morrison, and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen.
Directed by Tom Reing
This inspired take on Homer’s The Odyssey finds four absurd men holding vigil in an empty swimming pool. These are the last of the one hundred suitors of Penelope, who has waited ten years for her husband Odysseus to return from the Trojan Wars. Will the great warrior return and slay his rivals? Or will Penelope give up and turn to a new love?

2015 Long Live the Little Knife   by David Leddy

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Starring: Corinna Burns and Tim Dugan
Directed by Tom Reing
Long Live the Little Knife is a more absurdist take on the double-cross. It’s a fast-paced tale of swindling, dirty tricks and false identities. Husband and wife con artists set out to become the greatest art forgers in the world. What they gain—and what they lose—makes for a shocking, funny and oddly uplifting trip.

 

2014 Ciphers   by Dawn King

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Starring Felicia Leicht, John Morrison, J. Paul Nicholas & Isa St. Clair.
Directed by Tom Reing.
Justine is an undercover agent caught up in one too many double-crossing games. This spy thriller uses lies, surveillance and subterfuge to explore one woman’s obsession with her identity. Ciphers draws a straight line from today’s terrorist headlines to our age-old struggle to know who we really are.

 

2014 Midsummer (A Play with Songs)   by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre

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Starring: Charlie DelMarcell and Liz Filios
Directed by Kate Galvin
When is “a play with songs” not a musical? Find out as mismatched lovers Bob and Helena embark on a strange and epic life-changing weekend in Edinburgh. Winner of 4 Barrymore Awards, including Outstanding Music Direction (Jamison Foreman), Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical (Liz Filios), Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Kate Galvin), and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.

 

2014 Trousers   by Paul Meade and David Parnell

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Starring: Jared Michael Delaney and Adam Rzepka
Directed by: Tom Reing
Mick hustles his old friend Dermot for a place to stay in Dublin, up-ending Dermot’s carefully ordered life. The lads are jolted back to a crazy, long-ago summer as roommates in Manhattan. Now each thinks the other needs his life straightened out…but could it just be déjà vu?

 

2013 Blink   by Phil Porter

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Starring: Adam Altman and Clare Mahoney
Directed by: Tom Reing
Set in London, Blink is a darkly funny love story involving voyeurism, an old green overcoat and a fox with mange. Sophie thinks she might be disappearing, then Jonah moves in downstairs to begin a new life.

 

2013 The Hand of Gaul   by Jared Michael Delaney

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Starring: Adam Altman, Damon Bonetti, Jared Michael Delaney and Harry Smith
Featuring: Megan Bellwoar and Leonard Haas
Directed by: Tom Reing
The Hand of Gaul was part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 (PIFA), which posed the question “if you had a time machine…where would you go?” Inis Nua’s answer is November 14, 2009, when Ireland was knocked out of 2010 World Cup competition by the unchecked foul of French superstar, Thierry Henry. Three fiercely proud (albeit not overly bright) Irish fans decide to avenge their team. This Inis Nua original takes on World Cup elimination and a nation’s pride as international intrigue, a rare Belgian beer and the world’s most popular sport come together in unexpected ways.

2013 My Romantic History   by D.C. Jackson

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Starring: Jenna Horton, Emilie Krause and Aubie Merrylees
Directed by: Tom Reing
My Romantic History is part irreverent romantic comedy, part office fantasia. In the sterile landscape of office cubicles and laminating machines, a one-night stand between co-workers Tom and Amy resurrects memories for each of their first serious crush. A peppery play about lust, loneliness, loyalty and the perils of office romance, My Romantic History showcases the talents of one of Scotland’s most popular young playwrights and premiered at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 where it was awarded the Scotsman Fringe First Award.

2012 A Slow Air   by David Harrower

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Starring: Emma Gibson and Brian McCann
Directed by: Tom Reing
Athol and Morna are a middle-aged brother and sister stuck in a silence so loud it can be heard from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Her son Josh’s 21st birthday wish to break their impasse gets everybody talking. Set amidst the memory of the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack of 2007, an event Josh can’t shake off, parallels between nation, family and personhood will linger with you long after you leave the theatre.

2012 The Walworth Farce   by Enda Walsh

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Starring: Jake Blouch, Leslie Nevon Holden, Harry Smith and Bill Van Horn
Directed by: Tom Reing
Come undone with The Walworth Farce. Enda Walsh’s black comedy The Walworth Farce visits the rundown London bedsit of a seemingly exiled father and his two sons. It is a tale told in real time, by turns hilarious and tragic, of the paradigms we create for our lives…and the lengths we go to preserve them. The Walworth Farce premiered March 2006 at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway. The play then opened at the Traverse Theatre as part of the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning the Fringe First Award. This is Inis Nua’s second production of work by Enda Walsh, one of Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights.

2012 Little Gem   by Elaine Murphy

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Starring: Corinna Burns, Maureen Torsney-Weir and Sarah Van Auken
Directed by: Kathryn MacMillan
Little Gem is an amazing look into one transitional year in the lives of three generations of a Dublin family. Daughter Amber is taking an unexpected break from binge-drinking with the girls, mother Lorraine is testing the waters of love on the north side of 40, and granny Kay is watching her dear man slip away. Premiering at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, Little Gem then moved to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre; it has garnered several awards, including the 2009 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

2011 Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West

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Starring: Megan Bellwoar, Mike Dees, Jared Michael Delaney, Michael Doherty, Jered McLenigan and Sarah Van Auken
Directed by: Tom Reing
Dublin by Lamplight was reprised at 59E59 in New York City as part of the First Irish Theatre Festival.

2011 Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West

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Starring: Megan Bellwoar, Mike Dees, Jared Michael Delaney,  Charlie DelMarcelle, Kevin Meehan and Sarah Van Auken
Directed by: Tom Reing
Amidst the filth and fury of 1904 Dublin, the theatrical event of the century is about to explode. Will the Irish National Theatre of Ireland seize its chance for glory? Fading stars, rebels, whores, and romantics irreverently expose the strange and lurid world of Dublin by Lamplight. Our cast of  six portray 40 different characters in this fast-paced tale about the launch of the Irish National Theatre. The style is presentational: a mixture of Vaudeville, American Story Theatre (in which the characters narrate their stories directly to the audience in third person), and Commedia dell’Arte (though the traditional masks of Commedia dell’Arte are replaced here with stylized make-up).

2011  Pumpgirl by Abbie Spallen

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Photo: Katie Reing

Starring: Corinna Burns, Sarah Gliko and Harry Smith
Directed by: Tom Reing
In this gripping play from one of Ireland’s brightest new talents, playwright Abbie Spallen shapes a startling tale of three lives colliding in rural Ireland. The play unfolds with the story of a homely, tomboyish pump girl at a rundown gas station. When a local racetrack star becomes the focus of her obsession, the affair threatens more than the feelings of his disenchanted wife. A blazing success in Edinburgh 2006 and at London’s renowned Bush Theatre, the play is in the best tradition of richly detailed and unforgettable Irish storytelling.

2010    The Early Bird by Leo Butler

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Starring: Jared Michael Delaney and Kittson O’Neill
Directed by: Tom Reing
The Early Bird taps into the darkest fears of any parent — what if your child simply disappears? Debbie and Jack blame each other and themselves, and in doing so reveal the inner secrets of their own relationship in this disturbing and darkly humorous play. Butler’s language moves between naturalism and hyper-realism, brilliantly capturing the surreal quality of the worst time in this couple’s life.

2010   Bedbound by Enda Walsh

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Starring: Melissa Lynch and Brian McCann
Directed by: Tom Reing
“I’m in the bed. The panic has sucked me dry again ’til all that’s left is ta start over. I get that tiredness turn to tight…and I give into the words. I let go. Go.” A young girl trapped by polio in her bed. A father, ashamed of her and her disability, has holed her up in her room as he works in his furniture store. But today he is in the room with her. Why didn’t he go to work? Why doesn’t he want to leave the room? Why does he disturb the one solace his daughter is allowed? Why? From the writer of the highly acclaimed The Walworth Farce.

2010    Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke

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Starring: Jared Michael Delaney, Brian McCann, Jered McLenigan and Kevin Meehan
Directed by: Tom Reing
An electric, dark comedy, Gagarin Way uses the high-voltage story of a botched kidnapping to explore its characters’ conflicting impulses toward apathy and outrage. Two dispossessed factory workers decide to make a political statement by kidnapping an executive from the factory’s multi-national corporate owner. The problem is that the Cold War is long since over. The workers are too late for the revolution, and they find that their hostage challenges their assumptions about the evils of a global economy. From the author of the acclaimed Black Watch.

2009    Trad: The Remount by Mark Doherty

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Starring: Mike Dees, Jared Michael Delaney and Charlie DelMarcelle
Directed by: Tom Reing
The Inis Nua hit of the 2007 Live Arts Festival returns! Featuring the original cast and live music by John Lionarons and a one night only talk-back with playwright Mark Doherty.

2009    Made in China by Mark O’Rowe

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Photo: Katie Reing

Starring: Mike Dees, Charlie DelMarcelle and Jered McLenigan
Directed by: Tom Reing
BRÚIDIÚIL: It’s the Irish word for brutal. Fierce. Harsh. Severe. It’s a knife fight in the street. Rats in a cage, clawing to get out. But even in a brutal world there can be a ray of hope. Set in a completely re-imagined Dublin underworld, Made in China involves martial arts, snack foods, rogue cops, and savage low-lifes. A dreadful accident causes a violent tug-of-war between two criminal foot soldiers over the loyalty of a third. Self-loathing, guilt, and loneliness emerge in this frenzied narrative, which culminates in a blistering battle for survival.

2009    Skin Deep by Paul Meade

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Starring: Corinna Burns, Jared Michael Delaney, Charlie DelMarcelle and Melissa Lynch
Directed by: Tom Reing
Skin Deep is a thriller set in the Dublin art world. Inspired by artists like Damien Hirst and the new greed of Dublin. Karl, a struggling artist, owes money to his landlord, a photographer called Dan. Karl is stuck for inspiration, when one day he hits upon an idea, involving a huge favor from Susan, a medical student moonlighting in a hospital morgue. Dan’s girlfriend Ruth writes a weekly column on her love-life. As Karl’s new work elevates him to celebrity status, Ruth becomes suspicious of the secrets to his success. All this…and a mysterious foot!

2007    Trad by Mark Doherty

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Starring: Mike Dees, Jared Michael Delaney and Charlie DelMarcelle
Directed by: Tom Reing
An Irish fable about tradition in a mad place, Trad is the hilarious tale of hundred-year-old Thomas and his improbably old, ancient Da. When Thomas reveals that he once fathered a son in a long ago fling, the pair set off across the Irish countryside to find the unknown child, with nothing more than a hobble and a limp to help them.

2006    Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco by Gary Owens

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Photo: J.J. Tiziou

Starring: Mike Dees, Jared  Michael Delaney and Charlie DelMarcelle
Directed by: Tom Reing
Saturday night, small-town Wales, one pub, one party and three lads stuck with their school reputations — the gimp, the geek and the bully. Their dream? To get the hell out. With a soupçon of mindless violence and the perfect girl to die for, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco bristles with the desperately ordinary, the truly extraordinary and the just plain mad.

2005    Tadhg Stray Wandered In by Michael Collins

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Photo: J.J. Tiziou

Starring: Matt Pfieffer
Directed by: Tom Reing
Tadhg doesn’t like when people laugh at him. He sometimes has a terrible temper. And he never knows when to leave a party. Tadhg Stray is an impulsive young man trying to find love on the streets of a small Irish town and ends up in the big city of Paris! All this — and he has school exams to finish!

2004   A Play on Two Chairs by Michael West

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Photo: J.J. Tiziou

Starring: Patrick Doran and Erin Reilly
Directed by: Tom Reing
Two actors. Two chairs. Two sexes. Irish playwright Micheal West explores the passive, aggressive, primal, and cerebral impulses of a man and woman. A stylized blend of movement and lucid stage visuals, this provocative, funny, disturbing play premiered from Inis Nua Theatre Company in the 2004 Fringe Festival.