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Irish Arts Center 12th Annual PoetryFest

The Irish Arts Center of NYC is holding their 12th annual—and first digital— PoetryFest, with curator Nick Laird convening five poets from Ireland and North America for a virtual celebration of verse. See readings of the Center’s Favorite Irish Poems, the opening night tradition of special guests and festival participants sharing the Irish verses they love most, followed by online readings and conversations. Readers include Emma Dabiri, Ailbhe Darcy, Kit de Waal, Miriam Gamble, Terrance Hayes, Nick Laird, Ada Limón, Belinda McKeon, Paula Meehan, Graham Norton, Katie Raissian, Leanne Shapton and Zadie Smith, plus Ciaran O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore of the Irish Repertory Theatre, John Waters of Glucksman Ireland House, Brendan Costello of Irish American Writers & Artists, and George Heslin of the New York Irish Center.

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At Home With Irish Arts Center: 12th Annual PoetryFest
November 6 - 7, 2020

2020 Voices International Theatre Festival: Performances from Around the World

The 2020 Voices International Theatre Festival, produced by the Jersey City Theater Center, brings theatre from around the world to streaming audiences. Running October 15 to the 25th the VITF will feature 24 productions, many of which will have talk-backs with the artists immediately following the broadcast of their productions.  Among the livestreamed events of drama, dance, one person shows and more, is an interactive presentation (on Fri Oct 23 at noon) led by the Institut Ramon Llull for Catalan Language and Culture, and Nau Ivanow, the Barcelona-based arts center and lab which had a hand in the Festival’s four Spanish-Catalonian entries – “Tuberias,” “The Legend of the Faun,” and “The Journey” from Los Escultores del Aire and “I Was Prospero (or remembering ‘The Tempest’)” from Projecte Ingenu

Joining these participants will be the chamber dance-music duo Les Impuxibles sharing their work “Des-espera,” and GNIMC Guy Nader I Maria Campos showing “Set of Sets” (both supported by the Institute Ramon Llull). Also participating in this interactive presentation-demonstration are Laia Cabrera, an award-winning filmmaker and multimedia creator and Isabelle Duverger, an award winning Jersey City-based French animation and projection mapping artist.

Along with performances there are also panels and workshops including “Diving Deep Into Critical Group” led by Stephanie Chaiken, director of the New Jersey City University Center for the Arts, which explores the variety of relationships and structures of criticism playwrights can leverage in receiving feedback, criticism or during the collaborative process.

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Voices International Theatre Festival
October 15 - 25, 2020

TRU Voices: Daring Theater Streamed Online


The world of theater marches on amidst the global crisis of Covid-19 and police brutality. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the first virtual presentation of its 2020 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series. The series, a benefit for Theater Resources Unlimited to help make up for financial losses due to COVID-19, will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT. These are plays that address global crises, diaspora, authoritarian violence, and making sense of a chaotic world.

The series features two world premiere plays: No Entry by Marc Paykuss, which follows Jews who were displaced after being liberated from Nazi camps and placed in interim detention camps, and Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale by Garret Jon Groenveld, which uses the Cassandra legend to catalog the struggle of women being believed and having their voices heard.

TRU is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

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TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series
June 14 & June 17, 2020

Summer Shorts 2019: One Act Plays with a Punch

Featuring the work of up and coming as well as beloved playwrights, the Summer Shorts Festival is a theatrical smorgasbord. The festival, running July 19 to August 31, features roughly six premiere short plays, 20 - 30 minutes in length, presented as two separate series at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street) in Manhattan.

Plays being shown include:

  • Interior (Written by Nick Payne, Directed by Rory McGregor)
    It is a seemingly normal day for a small family in a quiet, quaint neighborhood. Two men convene outside. The actions they choose to take in just a few short moments will change the course of this family's life forever.

  • Lucky (Written by Sharr White, Directed by J.J. Kandel)
    What's the first thing you say after six years? Just on the outskirts of town, in room 11B of The Royale Motor Lodge, Phil Granger is stripping off his wet shirt as Meredith, his wife, is rushing through the rain towards him. Lucky is the moment they meet.

  • Here I Lie (Written by Courtney Baron, Directed by Maria Mileaf)
    Strangers Maris and Joseph, a young editor and a nurse, collide in this play about what it means to exercise compassion and self-care, in the face of hardship

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Summer Shorts 2019
July 19 - August 31. 2019

59E59 Theaters
59 E 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

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