In the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
Irish Repertory Theatre Presents
New Works Fall Festival
Featuring Readings of 5 New Plays, Spotlighting Irish Female Voices
The Beacon by Nancy Harris, Her Hand on the Trellis by Katie Holly, Rathmines Road by Deirdre Kinahan, Helen and I by Meadhbh McHugh, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma
November 2 — 16, 2023
Helen and I | Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 7pm
A Thousand Splendid Suns | Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 7pm
Her Hand on the Trellis | Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 7pm
The Beacon | Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7pm
Rathmines Road | Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7pm
The choice to spotlight Irish female voices in particular this November was intended to coincide with a gender equality referendum proposed to take place in Ireland. This referendum centres on Articles 40 and 41 of the Irish Constitution, which contain discriminatory language referring to a woman’s “life within the home” and mothers’ “duties within the home”. It has now been postponed to 2024.
Tickets for these readings are free with a suggested donation of $10.
Please note masks will be optional for this event.
Irish Repertory Theatre’s New Play Development Program includes table reads, staged readings, workshops and commissions from voices that fulfill Irish Rep’s mission and tell stories of Irish and Irish-American people of all races, genders, abilities, and orientations. Following the success of the inaugural New Works Summer Festival spotlighting LGBTQ+ voices in June 2023, the New Works Festival returns this November with five new play readings spotlighting female voices. This program enables us to hear new work aloud with an audience and discover new plays and musicals for possible future production.