Failté! It is the tenth anniversary of Inis Nua Theatre Company. When this company was founded, we had no idea it would grow into what it is today. Our first show, for the 2004 Philly Fringe, was held in an art gallery and was called A Play on Two Chairs. It was exactly that: two actors, two chairs, nothing else. Now we are producing an exciting three-show season in our permanent home, the Off-Broad Street Theater. It makes us both humble and proud. Also, our mission has remained strong and clear: we bring provocative, contemporary theatre from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales to Philadelphia audiences. “Tell the Story.” Inis Nua continues this commitment with our productions of Blink, Trousers and Midsummer. This season also includes great special events to tell the story of our growth—we hope you will join us for this yearlong celebration!
All shows are performed at the Off Broad Street Theater, First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
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.
Starring Adam Altman (The Hand of Gaul) and Clare Mahoney. Directed by Tom Reing.
“A deceptively simple comic gem”—The Irish Independent
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? Directed by Tom Reing.
“Fragile and funny, but never just cute, Midsummer is that rare beast: a romantic comedy that has a good head on its shoulders as well as a huge heart at its centre.”—The Guardian
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. Starring Liz Filios and Charlie DelMarcelle (Dublin by Lamplight). Directed by Kate Galvin.
Reading: Skin Deep by Paul Meade
How much trouble can a frozen foot cause? Plenty, as you’ll find out at this revival of one of our early hits. Skin Deep will be co-presented with The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Event: Big Fat Anniversary Quiz
Test your Inis Nua knowledge or learn new fun facts! New and old fans alike will meet up at 7pm, Location TBA, $15.
Reading: High Noon in Gray’s Ferry, Twilight on Falls Road by Tom Reing
Originally developed with students from Philadelphia and Belfast, this is the play that started Tom on the path to create Inis Nua Theatre Company. Join us at 7pm, Off-Broad Street Theater (1636 Sansom Street), $10.
Second Helping (of A Play, A Pie and a Pint)
May 20, 21, 22
Inis Nua will reprise it’s contribution to Tiny Dynamite’s popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint at 6pm, upstairs at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street), $15.