Announcing our 2016-2017 Season!

We have an exciting year to announce! Three new voices from across the pond have demanded our attention with stories of modern life, love and identity. In addition, because of an opportunity to collaborate with Drexel University, we can add a fourth play to our already packed season and bring back our 2011 hit Dublin by Lamplight. Our collaboration with Drexel is training a new generation in the performance style of one of our most popular plays.

From England; Philadelphia Premiere:

Radiant Vermin

By Philip Ridley
October 19-November 6

A free house? That’s right, and you will not believe what Jill and Ollie will do to get their dream home just right! But this greedy couple feels so deserving that they don’t see the moral high ground sliding right out from under them. A dark and shockingly funny play, Radiant Vermin could be hazardous to moral absolutists and government conspiracy theorists. Directed by Claire Moyer in the Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake.

From Ireland; Inis Nua Revival:

Dublin by Lamplight

By Michael West
November 9-20

Drexel University’s MPiRP & Inis Nua Theatre Company present Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West. Come back to Dublin, 1904, as the Irish National Theatre of Ireland is ready to burst into life in a city teeming with poverty and political unrest. Using commedia dell’arte stylings, this glorious play was a breakout hit for Inis Nua in 2011. The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) is supported in part by a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.

From Ireland; American Premiere

Leper + Chip

By Lee Coffey
February 15-March 5

“Two star crossed lovers who knew each other but a day.” Boy (Leper) meets Girl (Chip) during a fight at a party. He’s out to get even the next day, but antagonism turns to love. Frantic and funny, Leper & Chip is a gritty, inner city Dublin odyssey of two lovers trying to get out.

From Ireland; American Premiere


By Stef Smith
April 26-May 14

Anna feels a bit of herself fall away every day. Rebecca teeters on the edge after a breakup, wondering who she is on her own. Sam wants to step forward to meet the future. These three strangers’ fragile connections with each other might lead to a shift in their world. Stepping or falling, sometimes there is no difference. Directed by Claire Moyer 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

Get some Monday fun with our salute to British humor at its best. Some of our favorite theater people will help Tom present hilarious pub versions of these classic British panel shows. It’s a very funny start to the week! June 22, July 20 and August 3, 6-8pm, Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street), $12 cash cover for fun, one free drink and free appetizers.

Reading Series: Immigration Stories

This year, Inis Nua presents an expanded Reading Series focusing on immigration. Whether it’s the Mexican wall, Polish workers or uneasy Muslim communities, this issue has fueled much of the political controversy in both the US and the UK. All readings at The Theaters at The Drake.

The Session by Andrew Muir
Monday, January 23 at 7pm
English lad meets Polish beauty… who cares if they can’t speak the same language?

Untitled by Inua Ellam
Monday, March 13 at 7pm
Very different destinies await brothers from Nigeria after an unsuccessful naming ceremony.

Speechless by Polly Teale and Linda Brogan
Monday, May 1 at 7pm
This tale of “Silent Twins” is based on the true story of a family from Barbados living in Wales.

Heritage Reading

Our Heritage Reading Series features a play that has inspired the playwrights we produce.

A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
Monday, April 10 at 7pm
Premiering in 1958, this groundbreaking play follows a 17-year-old working class girl as she navigates the class, race and sexual divisions of 1950s Great Britain.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Test your knowledge on the year’s events as well as Inis Nua trivia.
Date and 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. Be at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street) at 6pm. May 23, 24 and 25. $20

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