Season

Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!

Dreams, mystery and magic weave through our 2017-2018 season as we present three new plays, one each from England, Wales and Ireland. New faces, new issues, new reactions all inform this season’s offerings. Our mission is to bring you contemporary plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and to show you that the iconic storytelling tradition of this part of the world is still as vibrant as ever. We hope you join us for our 2017-2018 season.

From England; American Premiere:

The Swallowing Dark

By Lizzie Nunnery
October 4-22

Liverpool has been home to Canaan and his young son for 5 years after fleeing Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime. They could now lose asylum as the choices Canaan made to stay alive are thrown up into the harsh light of interrogation. Mythical stories of Zimbabwe blend into both the dreams and waking hours of Canaan and the officer assigned to re-evaluate his asylum status. Directed by Claire Moyer in the Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake.

From Wales; American Premiere

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

By Alan Harris
February 14-March 4

Valentyn can’t decide which is worse—the teenage anguish of his unfulfilled love for Ashley or the dire predicaments of both their parents. Throw in an ice cream truck, a possible soft core porn movie and some of the more bizarre uses of taxidermy for a funny and endearing picture of young love and middle-aged longing, brought to life in a claustrophobic small town in Wales. Directed by Tom Reing in the Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake.

From Ireland; American Premiere

Our Few and Evil Days

By Mark O’Rowe
April 25-May 13

Daughter brings home beau to meet the parents. It’s all so normal, but this perfect family photo is about to slip out of the frame. Elements of Gothic horror poke sharply into this story of unsettling domesticity as obsession, guilt and agony reveal devotion’s dark side. Directed by Tom Reing in the Proscenium Theater at The Drake.

 

Our season never stops at the three full productions! As usual, we have many extras for Inis Nua fans:

Summer Happy Hours 2017

Inis Nua brings some British contemporary pop culture to you for evenings of laughs, knowledge and sometimes anarchy. Join us as we recreate popular BBC comedy panel shows starring Inis Nua fan favorite actors.

June 12, July 10 and August 7, 6-8pm at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street), $15 cash cover for fun, one free drink and free appetizers.

Reading Series: Unheard Women’s Voices

Theatre has always illuminated many worlds for us but has sometimes struggled to bring to life the voices of women on the margins, disenfranchised women, disregarded women. This year’s Reading Series puts these stories back in the hands of some of Britain’s most exciting female playwrights.

trade by debbie tucker green
Monday, November 13, at 7pm
Three women at a Caribbean island resort use sex tourism to their advantage. Whether they partake or profit, the trade leaves its mark on them all.

Cuttin’ it by Charlene James
Monday, January 22, at 7pm
Muna immigrated from Somalia as a child and Iqra has just arrived, but both teenagers struggle to navigate the expectations of their adopted home and the country they’ve left behind.

This Wide Night by Chloë Moss
Monday, March 19, at 7pm
Former inmates Marie and Lorraine are free now, but can the friendship that helped them both survive life in prison last under the pressures of the outside world?

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Test your knowledge of the year’s events as well as Inis Nua trivia at this year-end fundraiser for Inis Nua. It’s a pub quiz with a twist and proceeds help us bring you great new plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The audience plays the quiz along with Inis Nua fan favorites, and there are cash prizes for the top three audience teams. If you like Quizzo, you’ll love The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. December 18, location TBA.

Pop-up Play in a Pub

Inis Nua brings you a short play and a terrific early night out, complete with beverage and meat or veggie pie. It all pops up at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street) at 6pm. May 22, 23, 24. $20

Charolais by Noni Stapleton
From Ireland, a classic jealous wife tale with a twist: the “other woman” is her husband’s prize cow.

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