Tiny Plays for Ireland and America

Fishamble: The New Play Company
in association with the Kennedy Center and the Irish Arts Center presents

Tiny Plays for Ireland and America

Photo by Jamie Soule

Tiny Plays for Ireland and America
by 20 playwrights from Ireland and 6 playwrights from America
Part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

May 24th – 25th | 7:30 pm
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

May 26th | 8 pm
at Irish Arts Center

Directed by Jim Culleton
Starring Steve Blount, Sorcha Fox, Joey Ibanez, Emmet Kirwan, Christopher Lane, Ronan Leahy, Kellie McCants, Mary Murray, and Carlos Saldaña. 

Stage Manager Richie O’Sullivan
Produced by Eva Scanlan

Featuring 20 Irish Tiny Plays…

Soul Mates by Maeve Binchy
Thorny Island by Sarah Binchy
Commiserations by Niamh Creely
Unrequited by Michael Cussen
Tuesday Evening (Following the News) by Darren Donohue
The Straight Talk by Keith Farnan
Don’t Take It Personally
by Rachel Feehily
Life in Two Syllables by Mike Finn
The Phone Records by Kevin Gildea
Naked Photographs of My Mother by Brendan Griffin
Broken by Deirdre Kinahan
Slanesman by Colum McCann
The Caring, Ireland
by Pauline McLynn
The Night Feed
by Justine Mitchell
by Lucy Montague-Moffatt
Guaranteed Irish
by Colin Murphy
Sure This Is It
by Ciara Ní Chuirc
Safety Announcement by Joseph O’Connor
Ode to Life by Richie O’Sullivan
I Stand Here Before You by Tom Swift

and 6 American Tiny Plays…

Getting to the Polls by Daniel Covino (11-13)
Questions by Paige A. Colvin (14-17)
No More Excuses by Yael C. McCue (18-26)
A Nation of Immigrants by Keya Guimarães (27-59)
No Irish Need Apply by Monica E. Bauer (60+)
Malaika by Scott C. Bushnell (Kennedy Center)

From the Kennedy Center:

Over 500 budding playwrights from across the country answered our call for original “tiny plays” inspired by President Kennedy’s life and legacy, celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit. After a rigorous selection process involving 20 theater professionals and the Kennedy Center’s International Programming department, the six plays below were the chosen submissions in their respective categories. Each of these plays will be produced alongside 20 tiny plays from Ireland as part of Fishamble: The New Play Company’s U.S. debut, Tiny Plays for Ireland and America.”

About Tiny Plays…

In 2011, Fishamble invited the citizens of Ireland to submit tiny plays capturing the challenges and joys of contemporary life.  Over 1,700 plays were submitted to the company, and Fishamble produced 50 of them to great audience and critical acclaim, with Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, hailing it as ‘a brilliant project…really wonderful’.

Fishamble is delighted to bring a specially chosen selection of 20 of these plays to the Kennedy Center in DC and Irish Arts Center in New York, as part of Ireland 100, celebrating the centenary of Ireland’s Easter Rising.  This presentation offers vivid glimpses of contemporary Ireland as seen through a range of perspectives, and is directed by Fishamble’s artistic director, Jim Culleton.  It includes plays by international best-selling novelist Maeve Binchy, National Book Award winner Colum McCann, and writers Pauline McLynn and Joseph O’Connor.

Fishamble is also thrilled to work with the Kennedy Center to encourage American citizens, over a range of ages, to submit tiny plays, 5 of which will be presented as part of the presentation in both cities.

What the critics said about Tiny Plays for Ireland:

‘director Jim Culleton shifts gears and changes tack admirably’ Irish Times
‘astutely juxtaposed…ingeniously written…a showcase of brilliantly versatile acting talent…fascinating’ The Guardian
‘Extraordinary … it’s what theatre should be about’ Sunday Independent
‘Brilliantly crafted…small really can be beautiful’ Sunday Business Post

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland.



Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.