The Irish Actors Theatre Company presents Neil O'Shea in An Evening with Great Irish Writers

March 30 – May 20th, 2007

$15 – General Admission
$12 – ACS/CAC Members

Friday & Saturday Nights at 8PM
and Sunday Afternoons at 2PM

Tickets available at the door.
Box office opens 30 minutes prior to performances.
Refreshments available.
Please, no outside food allowed during performance, thank you.
Reservations highly recommended.

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"By presenting classic excerpts in the intimate style of 19th century parlor entertainment, Dublin native O'Shea delivers an attractively spare model of old-school oral interpretation." ... "Easy versatility drives this adroitly edited Gaelic sampler." MORE
-- Los Angeles Times - 4/27/07

"O’Shea is enraptured by the characters... an evening of enjoyment and education; an engaging intermingling of laughter and heightened poetry."
-- Los Angeles Metro

"O’Shea's strongest suit is his radiating love of Irish literature and tradition."
-- Los Angeles Weekly

"...a superior salon piece..."
-- The Irish Times

The Irish Actors Theatre Company

Neil O’Shea
An Evening
Great Irish Writers

An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center's
Sean Fallon Walsh Theater

A one-man stand-up performance featuring the words of such writers as Swift, Wilde, Yeats, Shaw, Synge and other. Full of humour, wit and emotion.

The main emphasis is on humour, in the form of Oscar Wilde's hilarious creations such as Lady Bracknell from his most famous play "The Importance of Being Earnest," or Oscar himself in his description of his trip to America, or in Jonathan Swift's (the author of "Gulliver's Travels," famous satirist and Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin) "Resolutions When I Come to Be Old" in which, in 1699, Jonathan makes a rather comical list of New Year’s type resolutions for his future.

Then there is the humour in Percy French's hilarious parody of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Lord Essex (who she sends to Ireland to control the troublesome Irish), or Oliver Goldsmith's humorous moral tale 'An Elegy Written on the Death of a Mad Dog' from "The Vicar of Wakefield".

Then there is George Bernard Shaw's view of the Irish character and the Irish imagination as outlined by his character Doyle in the play John Bulls Other Island. There are also a few gems of poetry by two of Ireland's most renowned poets William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney, (both of whom won the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yeats in 1923 and Heaney in 1995).

Other writers featured include Sean O’Casey with an extract from "Shadow of a Gunman" , J. M. Synge from "The Playboy of the Western World", and Christy Browne from "Down All the Days".

This show pays tribute to the extraordinary wealth of literature in English that has come out of Ireland without even beginning to cover the more recent writers — there are so many more who could be included in such a show but they will have to wait until another time.

Neil O’Shea, actor and radio and TV performer in Ireland, brings us on a journey through the writings of some of Ireland
s most famous writers. These short extracts are performed in a simple stylish presentation without the need for either specific costume or set— rather like a stand up routine but with material by some of the best ever writers!

An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center