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Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati



The IHC was founded to promote the Irish Culture through the study of customs, dance, education, film, genealogy, history, language, lectures, literature, music, mythology, poetry, social interaction, song, sport, theater and the visual arts.

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The Theater

Acting Irish International Theater Festival

May 19-24
Seven different Irish plays presented by seven different Irish theater companies. Every night a show, plus two matinees. Opening of the festival and first show is on Tuesday the 19th of May at 7:30 PM.

The selection of the event is "The Cavalcaders" by Billy Roche performed by The Irish American Theater Company of Cincinnati!

May 197:30 PMThe Cavalcaders by Billy RocheIrish American Theater Co. of Cincinnati, OH
May 207:30 PMThe Field by John B. KeaneIrish Players of Rochester, NY
May 217:30 PMThe Maiden Aunt by Jimmy KearyGaelic Park Players of Chicago, IL
May 222:00 PM The New Electric Ballroom by Enda WalshTara Players of Winnipeg, MB
May 228:00 PMSea Marks by Gardner MackayLiffey Players of Calgary, AB
May 23 2:00 PMThe Chastitute by John B. KeaneIrish Players of Florida
May 23 8:00 PMMoment by Deirdre KinahanMilwaukee Irish Arts

The Cavalcaders by Billy Roche - Irish American Theater Co. of Cincinnati, OH

 

The Cavalcaders explores the lives and loves of a community of characters in small-town Ireland. Set in an old-fashioned cobbler’s shop, this is the story of a group of men who spend their days mending shoes and their nights as a barbershop quartet and singers of local legend. Their musical harmonies, however, are not reflected in their private lives.

Cast
Terry…………………………………………………...Mick McEvilley
Rory………………………………………………………..Kent Covey
Josie………………………………………………………..Tim Carney
Ted…………………………………………………….Todd Hepburn
Breda……………………………………………………...Traci Taylor
Nuala……………………………………………………..Allyson West

Production Team
Director……………………………………………..Maureen Kennedy
Stage Manager……………………………………………...Mike Duffy
Sound………………………………………………….Brian Rasmusen
Lighting………………………………………………Michelle Crowley
Costumes………………………………………….Pegatha Eddingfield
Props……………………………………………………...Diane Glenn

 

The Field by John B. Keane - Irish Players of Rochester, NY

Rugged individualist Bull McCabe has spent five hard years of labour cultivating a small plot of rented land, nurturing it from barren rock into a fertile field. When the owner of the field decides to auction it, he believes that he has a claim to the land. The McCabes intimidate most of the townspeople out of bidding in the auction, to the chagrin of auctioneer Mick Flanagan, but Galwayan William Dee arrives with a plan to cover the field in concrete and extract gravel from the adjacent river. Dee is murdered, and a cover-up ensues.

 

The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary - Gaelic Park Players of Chicago, IL

Gertie O’Grady, a retired teacher and spinster, comes to stay with her niece Mary Murphy after a spell in a hospital. Mary tries to persuade her aunt to make a will. Meanwhile, Mary’s husband, Dan, comes up with an elaborate plan to get their hands on her money.

 

The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh - Tara Players of Winnipeg, MB

From Irish playwright Enda Walsh (Bedbound, The Walworth Farce), one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre, comes a beautiful and devastating play of broken hearts and maimed lives. Trapped in a cycle of yesterdays, three sisters reenact their versions of a night of romance and heartbreak at the New Electric Ballroom. When all is said and done and the past has such a strong hold on today, when is it too late to let go and move on?

Cast
Ada………………………………………………………..Violet Miller
Clara…………………………………………………Suann Decourcey
Breda…………………………………………………..Shirley Foamete
Patsy…………………………………………………….Derek Murphy

Production Team
Director…………………………………………………Megan Andres

 

Sea Marks by Gardner Mackay - Liffey Players of Calgary, AB

Two people from seemingly opposite worlds take a chance on love. Gardner McKay’s play beautifully captures the heartache of long-distance love, and what happens when the call of the heart challenges the call of the wild. He is a fisherman who lives on a remote island off the West of Ireland; she lives in Liverpool where she works in a book publishing house. They meet. Letters follow—letters that are full of powerful, alluring words like she’s never heard before…

Cast
She………………………………………………………...Tanya Wolff
He……………………………………………………..Dorin McIntosh

Production Team

Director……………………………………………………..Bill Torrie
Producer…………………………………………………...Chris Kane
Stage Manager…………………………………………….China Marsh
Assistant Stage Manager…………………………………….Pat Baceda
Stage Hand………………………………………………Mike Mathieu
Stage Hand…………………………………………….Taylor Cormack

 

The Chastitute by John B. Keane - Irish Players of Florida

John Bosco, who hasn’t the makings of a decent sin in him, is a bachelor farmer. All he is searching for is a plain decent woman to share his life. The Chastitute is a person without holy orders who has never lain down with a woman...a rustic celibate by force of circumstance, peculiar to country sides where the Catholic tradition of long-life sexual abstemiousness is encouraged and free-range sex is absolutely taboo.

 

Moment by Deirdre Kinahan - Milwaukee Irish Arts

Fast, witty, and frighteningly real, Moment is a story of trauma wrapped up in tablecloths and teacake. An Irish family sits down to tea on an ordinary evening, but it is different tonight. Niall is home, back from prison. He has some news to share and a conscience to clear. A fateful moment is about to resurface and it will change their lives forever.

Cast
Niamh Lynch………………………………………...Lindsey Gagliano
Fin White…………………………………………………...Rob Maass
Teresa Lynch…………………………………Sharon Nieman-Koebert
Ciara Blake………………………………………………….Sasha Sigel
Dave Blake……………………………………………….Zach McLain
Niall Lynch………………………………………………….Nate Press
Ruth Pigeon…………………………………………...Maggie McGwin
Hillary Kelly……………………………………………….Annie Terry

Production Team
Director……………………………………………..James J. Gallagher
Stage Manager………………………………………...Eamonn O’Neill
Artistic Director………………………………………….John Gleeson

$22 for single show tickets, $20 each for two to three shows, and $17 each for four or more shows, or $110 for the complete series of 7 shows.

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Check out our mention on WVXU!


Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and The Remarkable Rocket

Oscar Wilde

March 5-8, 2015, times below
Two of Wilde's greatest comedies per­formed by Irish actor Michael James Ford. Fun for kids and adults! See the actor whose "enchanting style of storytelling leaves the audience hanging on his every word."

Evening Performances:
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 PM (opening reception at 6:30)
Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Matinee:
Sunday, March 8, 2:00 PM
Stay for the party following the last show!

Event features both plays, each 45 minutes in length with one intermission. Best seats available now. $20 in advance for members, $23 advance, Public, $25 day of show. Call 513-533-0100 or online at Cincyticket.com.

Special showing of The Remarkable Rocket, Saturday, March 7, 11:30 AM, for students and families only during the free Artswave Sampler.

Click here for the PDF flyer with all the information!


Around Cincinnati on WVXU!

If you missed Maureen and the cast of Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles... on WVXU, you can listen to the interview here.


In Case You Missed It...

CityBeat had a great article about the IHC and Cincinnati.com had us as one of the top 4 ways to celebrate Over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. Check out our events by clicking above and come celebrate with us!

Then check out the interveiw on CET


Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles... Success!

Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles...

The Irish Anmerican Theater Company is bringing home the gold. The International Acting Irish Theater Festival award was presented to our IATC with the "Oscar Wilde" for the Best New Show. Congratulations to the playwright William H.A. Williams, the wonderful cast Mick McEvilley and Carrington Rowe, the Director Maureen A. Kennedy & the stellar crew Sara Marschall, Jim Hunt , Pagatha Eddington,and all the volunteers who helped in staging this show!!

Now the Theater Company and the Irish Heritage Center will be preparing to host the Acting Irish International Theater Festival in May of 2015. Acting Irish Theater Festival is an entire week of Irish Community Theaters from Ireland, Canada and the USA. Every day a different (or two different) play(s) will be performed here in Cincinnati. Festival runs from May 18 thru the 24th. Anyone who is willing to help with funding and/ or volunteering should call Maureen at 513-225-6915.

In May of 2015 the Festival will be hosted by the Irish American Theater Festival in Cincinnati Ohio!

An Irish Engagement

The Irish American Theater Company performs the Comedy "An Irish Engagement" on Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th at 2:00 P.M. on the Main Stage at the Celtic Festival in Washington Square Park, Over-the-Rhine.

An Irish Engagement
Can Julia escape the clutches of an arranged marriage, to a man she's never met, and marry her one true love? Her fate lies in the hands of the cunning and faithful servants in this one-act farce written by Walter Watts.

About the Irish American Theater Company

The Company is a collective of professional and community artists who are dedicated to bringing to life the stories and people of Ireland for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages. Founded by Company Artistic Director Maureen A. Kennedy and a group of actors, musicians, educators and friends in 2004, the company is now in its tenth year. Since the inception of the Irish American Theater Company in 2004 this enthuiastic Company has grown into a Cincinnati favorite. This years production of Dancing at Lughnasa ia a continuation of the collaboration of the talent and skills of artists coming together to create theatrical magic!

Starting rehearsals on the back deck of the founder's home, the Irish American Theater Company is no longer homeless and is now housed within the Irish Heritage Center in the Columbia Tusculum area of Cincinnati. Since 2010 the Irish Heritage Center has been a home for pereserving, entertaining and educting in all things Irish.

The theater group has brought the stories and people of Ireland to life with many hours of Story-telling and through the following Theatrical productions:

Kathleen ni Hoolihan by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory
A Pot of Broth by W B Yeats

Original Musicals:

Maggies Murphy's Home by Bill Williams
Raised on Songs and Stories by Kent Covey

The Cincinnati Premires of:

The Irish And How they Got That Way by Frank McCourt
A Little like Paradise by Niall Williams
Blood by Larry Kirwan
Moll by John B. Keane
What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Tom MacIntyre
A Couple of Blaguards by Frank and Malachy McCourt

and is now presenting:

Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles... A love story Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles...

World Premiere Play written by William H.A. (Bill) Williams ---Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 16th, 17th, and 18th at the Irish Heritage Center.

Presented by the award winning Irish American Theater Company. Starring Mick McEvilley as Seamus and Carrington Rowe as Fiona, directed by Maureen A Kennedy

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM --- Pub opens at 6 PM for snacks, desserts and libations Sunday at 2:00 PM --- Special Irish Tea Luncheon beforehand starting at 12:30, reservations for the Tea Luncheon are a must ---The Pub opens at 1 PM

Tickets available now- Discounts for pre-payments & members -- call 513-533-0100.


While a part of the AIITF the Irish American Theater company has received much critical acclaim for their work. The companybeen honored with awards and several nominations for awards at the Acting Irish Festival for three consecutive years, including --

For Moll by John B Keane-- Presented in Chicago, IL

  • Best Actress Barb Kenny
  • Best Supporting Actor Tim Murphy
  • Nomination for Best Show
  • Nomination for Best Supporting Actor Mick McEvilley

What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Tom MacIntyre -- Presented in Calgary Canada

  • Best Acress Award Katelyn Groh
  • Nomination for Best Supporting Actor Mick McEvilley
  • Nomination for Best Show

A Couple of Blaguards by Frank and Malachy McCourt -- Presented in Dublin Ireland

  • Nomination for Best Actor Mcik McEvilley

Currently the company is on the calendar to bring the Acting Irish International Theater Festival to Cincinnati in 2015 or 2016 which will entail performances Monday thru Saturday one in the afternoon and one in the evening. These performances will be open to the public and the Irish American Theater Comapny will be calling on the theater community plus all interested artistis to help make this Festival a success.

We wiill be hosting Irish Theater groups from Milwaukee/ Chicago / Winnipeg / Calgary /Toronto /Dublin / Ennis/ Boca Raton / Rochester and others to be named, all participating in a friendly and convival competition with the purpose to grow and improve performance and production skills through the genius of Irish theater.

Dancing at Lughnasa

By: Brian Friel
Directed By: Maureen Kennedy
Technical Director: Jim Hunt
Stage Manager: Sara Marschall
Prop Master: Kate Lester


Michael...Eric Marschall
Maggie...Kat Reynolds
Chris...LeeAnn Hall
Agnes...Samantha Isler
Rose...Michelle Crowley
Kate...Tara Pitts
Father Jack...Mick McEvilley
Gerry...Justin Leonti

Dancing at Lughnasa cast and crew bios can be found here.

Performance Dates: May 10th, 11th, 7:30 p.m., 12th 2:30 p.m. May 17, 18, 7:30 p.m., 19th, 2:30 p.m.




A Couple of Blaguards Success in Ireland!

Maureen Kennedy on RTΙ.ie Radio 1 for the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival


A Couple of Blaguards


What Happened Bridgie Cleary

A potent meditation on love, desire and magic. What Happened Bridgie Cleary centers on the infamous true story of Bridgie Cleary and what happened to her in Tipperary in 1895. Tom Mac Intyre's dramatic fantasia delves into the reuniting of Bridgie, her husband Mikey, and lover William, both of whom are haunted by their love for her. An alliance of superstition, fear and afterlife based on Ireland's rural country life in the late 19th century.

Bridgie ClearyKaitlyn Groh
Mikey ClearyMick McEvilley
William SimpsonKent Covey
  
DirectorMaureen A. Kennedy
Stage ManagerSara M. Marschall
Costume DesignJessica Kehoe
Dialect CoachSean Flanagan
Producer Barb Kenny

The world premier took place at the Abbey Theater (Peacock), Dublin Ireland in 2005.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of this exciting theater company, auditioning, helping behind the scenes, reading, or contributing by funding, talent, or treasures, please contact the Artistic Director Maureen A. Kennedy at irishamericantheaterco@fuse.net or call her at 513-225-6915.

Our greatest current need is for lighting - equipment, design and technical crew.

Maureen

IrishAmericanTheaterCo@fuse.net

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