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An Evening with Irish Playwright Mark O’Rowe

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Start:
Oct 17, 2006
End:
Oct 17, 2006
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
Mark O’Rowe Photo courtesy of Mark O’Rowe

Mark O’Rowe
Photo courtesy of Mark O’Rowe

Meet Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe and experience the American premier reading of his play, Terminus. Mark O’Rowe himself will present the reading. Discussion to follow.

Mark O’Rowe began his theatrical career with the play The Aspidistra Code, a winning submission for a first-time writers competition, Stage It!, organized by the Irish National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD); it was performed as a reading on the Peacock Theatre stage in 1995. Two other plays followed: Anna’s Ankle, produced by Bedrock Productions for its Theatre of Cruelty Season, and From Both Hips, produced by Fishamble Theatre Company. However, it was O’Rowe’s raw and powerful tale of contemporary urban life, Howie The Rookie, that propelled the Dublin-born playwright into the theatre spotlight. Originally staged by the Bush Theatre, London, Howie The Rookie garnered numerous awards, including the George Devine Award (1999), the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (1999) and the Irish Times New Play Award (2000). With its lyrical violence and extraordinary language, Howie The Rookie was an example of the work coming from an exciting new generation of young Irish playwrights who had emerged in the 1990s, exchanging traditional rural stories with urban concerns and examining what it meant to be Irish on the cusp of a new century. In 2001 the Abbey Theatre presented the world premiere of Made in China, while in 2003 O’Rowe’s play Crestfall was produced by the Gate Theatre. Most recently the Abbey presented a new production of Howie The Rookie, as part of its 4×4 season of contemporary classic plays. O’Rowe moved successfully into the world of film with his critically acclaimed screenplay for the movie Intermission (2003), starring Colin Farrell.

Presented in collaboration with Players and Painted Stage, a symposium on Irish Theater held at Princeton University, October 13 – 14, 2006. Special thanks to Roger Berlind, who initiated the collaboration and to Paul Muldoon and Michael Cadden, Princeton University, who made it possible. Thanks also to Helen Jenkins and Nick Marton, Curtis Brown Group Ltd., London.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free.