I first met George Heslin, Artistic Director of Origin Theatre about 10 years ago, when I attended a reading he produced by a young playwright in the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Since George founded Origin in 2002, they’ve been presenting US premiers of European plays. In addition, for the last 7 years, George has put on First Irish, which presents works from playwrights in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. First Irish has grown from a week-long showcase to an almost month-long festival,staged in venues ranging from 59 East 59th to the Cell, to tiny walk up theaters in the Village. Whether a rough reading or a polished performance, the works are of an amazing quality – I’ve gone every year, and haven’t seen a dog yet. So keep your eye out for First Irish later this year.
You can get a taste of Origin’s work at their Mondays of May annual readings of new plays from Europe.
If you know any emerging playwrights, find them fast and tell them about Origin’s WB Yeats Emerging Playwrights contest; entries are due June 30th.
Origin’s Annual Benefit will be held June 18th, which is a great way to support Origin and have lots of fun!