Inis Nua Theatre presents English playwright Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever for its American premiere, directed by Artistic Director Tom Reing. In a women’s shelter in London, headstrong, mouthy and maybe a little crazy Marnie struggles to take care of her four-year-old daughter in a moving and relevant dark comedy. This edgy two-hander stars Inis newcomer Ruby Wolf as Marnie, and Inis alum Rachel Brodeur playing all other roles. Previews begin Wednesday, February 6, with opening night on Friday, February 8.Read More
Inis Nua Theatre Company will open its 15th anniversary season with the Philadelphia premiere of The Monster in the Hall, written by Scottish playwright David Greig. This funny musical play about family, love and really big motorcycles is the second production Inis Nua will stage by Greig, following the company’s 2014 breakout hit Midsummer [a play with songs]. Midsummer went on to earn four Barrymore Award nominations. Monster will be directed by Claire Moyer and stars Claris Park, Doug Durlacher, Eleni Delopoulos and Jamison Foreman. Previews run October 3 and 4, with Opening Night set for October 5, 2018. The show runs until October 21 for a total of 15 performances. All performances will take place at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S Hicks Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now for $15-$35 by calling (215) 454-9776 or visiting inisnuatheatre.org.Read More
Inis Nua Theatre Company is proud to celebrate its 15th anniversary with the announcement of the 2018-2019 season. Music, laughter and mystery will fill the stage as Inis Nua presents the American Premieres of Inua Ellams’ untitled and Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever, plus the Philadelphia Premiere of David Greig’s The Monster in the Hall. With the new season, Inis Nua will continue to be the only America theatre exploring exciting contemporary plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Performances will be held at Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street. For tickets and more information, visit www.inisnuatheatre.org or call (215) 454-9776.Read More
Myths and dreams will swirl through the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake (302 South Hicks Street) in October as Inis Nua presents Lizzie Nunnery’s The Swallowing Dark. From England, this drama deals with the bureaucratic fragility of asylum for one family, but the nature of truth itself commands center stage. As The Independent said, “Can the truth ever be turned into a clear, consistent story? That’s one of the troubling questions that underlie The Swallowing Dark, Lizzie Nunnery’s powerfully suggestive new play.”Read More
Inis Nua Theatre Company ends the 2016-2017 mainstage season with the American premiere of Swallow by Stef Smith. From Scotland, Swallow follows three lives intricately connected and the quiet, traumatic struggles of being human. Swallow was a 2015 Fringe First Winner and received the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award. The Scotsman called the play, “An elegant and glowing piece of twenty-first century magic realism.” Swallow opens at the Proscenium Theater at The Drake (302 South Hicks Street) on April 28th, with preview performances on April 26th and 27th.
Inis Nua Theatre Company jumps into 2017 with the raucous, fast-paced and heartful Leper + Chip, an American premiere by Lee Coffey at the Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake (203 South Hicks Street). Leper + Chip opens on Friday, February 17 at 8:00 pm, with previews on Wednesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 pm. Leper + Chip runs for a total of 16 performances, through March 5, 2017. Tickets are on sale now for $25-35 at www.inisnuatheatre.org/leper-chip/Read More
Inis Nua Theatre Company celebrates the start of their 12th season by presenting Hooked! by Gillian Grattan, from October 7-25, 2015. A dark comedy perfect for the Halloween season, Hooked! brings us a pretty little village where nothing is what it seems. The gossip, secrets and scandals will have you cringing and laughing. Hooked, ensnared, trapped…trick or treat, anyone? The show begins previews on October 7, opens on October 9, and runs for 16 performances through October 25, 2015. Times vary by performance. Hooked! is a site-specific presentation. All shows are upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street. Tickets are on sale for $25 and $30 by calling (215) 454-9776 or visiting inisnuatheatre.org.Read More
Hot on the heels of winning five Barrymore awards, Inis Nua Theatre Company in Philadelphia returns with the American premiere of Long Live the Little Knife by David Leddy at the Off-Broad Street Theater (First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom Street). This fast-paced and hilarious romp features con artists turned art forgers as they tangle with Russian oligarchs, brothels, castrated labradoodles and spirit mediums. Tickets are on sale for $25 and $30 by calling (215) 454-9776 or visiting http://inisnuatheatre.org. Opening night is Friday, February 6 at 8:00pm, with previews on Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 at 7:00pm. Knife runs for a total of 16 performances, through February 22, 2015. Leddy will also be in Philadelphia for a talk-back after the show on February 4, attend a post-show reception on February 5, and attend opening night reception on February 6. For shows on February 7, 12 and 13, patrons that try to sneak in with their best attempt at a forged ticket will get $3.00 off admission at the door and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the last show of the season, Penelope.Read More
Inis Nua Theatre Company isn't taking a breather after this fall’s production of Ciphers and five recent Barrymore wins. Enjoy this weekend doubleheader!
CRAICDOWN UNDER COVER
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents their annual benefit Craicdown Under Cover this Friday, November 21, 2014, at World Cafe Live! (3025 Walnut Street), from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. In honor of Ciphers, Inis Nua's successful fall production, this year's concert benefit features a "spy" theme, with performers doing their versions of the James Bond movie theme songs. Musicians and theatre artists appearing include Mal Whyte, TJ Kong from TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, as well as the mighty West Philadelphia Orchestra (putting some Balkan swing on James Bond). Hosting the event is Inis Nua fan favorite Damon Bonetti as Le Falcon, the notorious (and goofy) assassin for hire from Inis Nua's 2013 world premiere The Hand of Gaul. Enjoy an evening of dance, music, comedy, raffles and great performances. Ticket sales will support future works by Inis Nua Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 in advance at inisnuatheatre.ticketleap.com and $30 at the door. Help “craic” the code to support future works by Inis Nua.
WORKSHOP FOR CARMILLA: VIDEO NASTY
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents a free public sharing of a one-week workshop on Carmilla: Video Nasty, an Inis Nua original in development, this Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 6:00pm at Pig Iron School (1417 N 2nd St, Philadelphia). In 1983, a low budget film company tries to adapt Sheridan LeFanu's Gothic horror novella, Carmilla for a direct-to-video audience. With the advent of VCRs, people have the ability to watch video movies in the privacy of their own home. But in 1980's Thatcher Britain, there is no film classification for these videos. And the conservatives are upset about it. They worry that the movies, dubbed "video nasties", will destroy society. Think of the children! What proceeds is a media frenzy and social hysteria ultimately resulting in banning the so-called video nasties. Come see the beginning ideas as the company devises its new work. The workshop is free and open to the public. Register online at inisnuatheatre.ticketleap.com.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:00pm
Test your knowledge of the year's events as well as Inis Nua trivia. Admission donation is $15.00 at the door, which includes one free drink. Location is to be announced.
Long Live the Little Knife by David Leddy
February 4-22, 2015
“You need to keep your wits about you, but you will still be taken in by this hugely enjoyable romp.”—The Guardian. Long Live the Little Knife is a more absurdist take on the double-cross. It’s a fast-paced tale of swindling, dirty tricks and false identities. Husband and wife con artists set out to become the greatest art forgers in the world. What they gain—and what they lose—makes for a shocking, funny and oddly uplifting trip.
Penolope by Enda Walsh
April 8-26, 2015
“Mr. Walsh has an intense, love-hate relationship with words… And the gorgeous, outlandish sentences and speeches he weaves seem to self-destruct even as they are spoken.”—New York Times. This inspired take on Homer’s The Odyssey finds four absurd men holding vigil in an empty swimming pool. These are the last of the one hundred suitors of Penelope, who has waited ten years for her husband Odysseus to return from the Trojan Wars. Will the great warrior return and slay his rivals? Or will Penelope give up and turn to a new love?
ABOUT INIS NUA THEATRE COMPANY
Inis Nua’s mission is to produce contemporary, provocative plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales which reflect those cultures’ new identities in today’s world. Inis Nua also seeks to cultivate and produce contemporary, provocative work from American playwrights who deal with the Irish-American, Welsh-American, Scottish-American and Anglo-American experiences.
To date, Inis Nua has produced one world premiere, seven American premieres and ten Philadelphia premieres. Inis Nua Theatre Company has been the recipient of grants from the Wyncote Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts and Culture through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Independence Foundation, the Fels Fund, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Charlotte Cushman Foundation. Inis Nua Theatre has also had six playwrights visit for their shows.