Abbey Theatre tours to New York

Abbey Theatre tours to New York

Maeve’s House celebrates Maeve Brennan, former writer with The New Yorker.

Following its World Premiere and sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre, Maeve’s House by Eamon Morrissey travels to the Irish Arts Center in New York this October and November. This delightful one-man show celebrates the life and work of Maeve Brennan, an Irish short story writer and a former staff writer with The New Yorker in the 1950s and 60s. It was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and is written and performed by one of Ireland’s best loved theatre artists, Eamon Morrissey.

From the modest brick houses and small gardens of Dublin’s Ranelagh village to the towering glory of Manhattan, Maeve Brennan was a pioneering Irish writer, admired as much for her intelligence and wit as her beauty and style. Her “bittersweet chronicle of New York in transition in the 1950s and 60s” (The New York Times), graced The New Yorker’s famed “Talk of the Town” section whilst her tender, memory-filled fiction reflected her own fragmented upbringing in Ireland.

Maeve set most of her short stories in Ranelagh, in the same Dublin house that actor and writer Eamon Morrissey would grow up in 20 years later. In 1966, while he was performing on Broadway in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia Here I Come!, Eamon picked up The New Yorker and was surprised to discover his family home brought vividly to life in Brennan’s story “Twelfth Wedding Anniversary”. In Maeve’s House, Eamon brings Maeve’s own story to life in a fascinating account of shared experiences and brief encounters that feature extracts from her writings for The New Yorker.

Eamon is one of Ireland’s best loved actors who has starred in over 100 productions at the Abbey Theatre. As well as appearing in the US premieres of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Lovers on Broadway, he has toured extensively in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Aideen Howard, Literary Director at the Abbey Theatre said: “Maeve’s House is a beautiful sensitive exploration of Maeve Brennan’s writing and in telling her story, Eamon gives us extraordinary insights into his own life and work as an artist. The Abbey Theatre is delighted to be in New York to present this intimate one-man show about the shared journey and remarkable connection between two Irish artists across a generation.”

The Abbey Theatre has a long tradition of touring to The United States and its first tour was to Boston in 1911. The Abbey Theatre last toured to New York to present John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness, at the BAM Harvey Theater in January and February 2011.

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