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Fishamble: The New Play Company

IRELAND 100: Tiny Plays for Ireland and America (Fishamble: The New Play Company)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture JFK Centennial Celebration

Through several "tiny plays" submitted by citizens of Ireland and America,this presentation offers vivid and varied glimpses of contemporary Ireland as well as a celebration of President Kennedy's life and legacy.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
U.S. debut
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Tiny Plays for Ireland and America
Directed by Jim Culleton

Fishamble is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theater company dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new work. Fishamble is committed to touring throughout Ireland and internationally and typically presents over 200 performances of its plays in approximately 60 venues per year.

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.

Fishamble now brings 20 of these plays to the Kennedy Center. 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.

Alongside the 20 tiny plays from Ireland, Fishamble will present six brand new tiny plays from the U.S. Prior to the festival, the Kennedy Center hosted an open playwriting submission process, to select six representative new tiny plays. More than 500 people of all ages, from all across the United States, wrote an original play inspired by President Kennedy's life and legacy, celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit. The winners can be viewed here.

May 24 & 25: Free Explore the Arts post-performance discussion.

Performed in English. Recommended for age 14 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission

This project is presented in Washington and New York in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center.

This project is part of the John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration.

Watch and Listen

Tiny Plays Preview with Jim Culleton

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer