PCG is proud to host the Philadelphia premier of "Kitty in the Lane" a one-woman play by Irish playwright and actor Áine Ryan
Saturday, December 12th, 8:00 pm at the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen St. Phila. PA 19119
Kitty in the Lane, written and performed by the Irish playwright and actor Áine Ryan.
Tickets: $20.00 for PCG Members, $23.00 for non-members. Seating is limited, reserve your tickets HERE
About the production
Kitty in the Lane is the debut production by Irish playwright and actor Áine Ryan. After rave reviews at the 2015 San Francisco International Arts Festival, Áine Ryan will be making her acting and playwriting debut in Philadelphia with this production.
When Kitty’s boyfriend isn’t showing up to escort her out the lane to a local beauty pageant, we jump into her tragic albeit often hilarious existence on a rural farm with her cantankerous father.
Kitty in the Lane tells the story of a twenty year old girl living in an isolated cottage in rural south west Ireland with her elderly father. In conjunction to caring for her father, Kitty is managing the family farm alone, due to her brother's recent death. The action takes place on the eve of a local beauty pageant with Kitty waiting for her boyfriend to escort her to this event, escaping domestic duties. As Kitty waits for his arrival we get a glimpse into her world, and her relationship with family, friends and community. The play is a dark drama, unlocking Kitty’s perspective of life as a young woman in a lonesome environment, but showered in comedy too through Kitty’s world.
Please note: The play contains adult content and language and may not be appropriate for children under 14.
Here's what the critic's have to say about Kitty in the Lane:
'An intense, poetic study of loneliness, cruelty and rural isolation, Kitty in the Lane is a mesmeric continuation of the Irish literary tradition.'★★★★★ (Broadway Baby)
'An extraordinary accomplishment as both playwright and actress.' ★★★★★ (TheatreStorm)
''Kitty in the Lane' does some of the things Irish contemporary drama does best.' (Edinburgh Guide)
'Áine Ryan is a wondrous actor. A full-blooded, committed portrayal of a woman in lonely, mental decline. This is visceral monologue, in the hands of a superb performer. Highly recommended.' (Fringe Review)
'An Irish gem...Áine Ryan is a wonder to watch.' (The Public Reviews)
'Ryan writes beautifully.' (The Stage)
'Ryan’s writing has a lovely, authentic tone...the people she speaks of and the places they go to sparkle with life and truth.’ (The Scotsman)
' An exceptionally promising first piece.' (San Francisco Chronicle)
About Áine Ryan (Writer/Performer)
Áine holds a BA in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has completed E20 Writers School with the BBC, a programme for emerging scriptwriters. Aswell as playing the title role in Kitty in the Lane, other recent theatre credits include Sive in the Irish premiere of Desolate Heaven by Ailís Ní Ríain, directed by Tony McCleane Fay at the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Also, May in Angel Dust and Dallas by Paul Maher, directed by Amy Hill, a touring comedy production. Film Credits include Susan in short film Spellbound, directed by Sean Breathnach and Rachel in Five Pillars, directed by Jon Rosling.
The Crooked Road – A Ramble Through Irish History in Words & Music with DIARMUID JOHNSON, poet, musician and Gaelic scholar
February 27, 2016 at the Irish Center, 8:00pm
Tickets - $20.00
THE CROOKED ROAD is a musical and poetic journey through Irish history leading up to the Easter Rebellion of 1916. Lyrics from the earliest times are woven into the show, along with music from a lost world that evokes the many distinct and dramatic chapters in the history of Ireland. The journey begins with pre-Christian myth, and continues through the Golden Age of Irish Civilisation to the coming of the Vikings, the Normans, and the English. Relive the Flight of the Earls, the events of 1798, the time of the Fenians, The Famine, the trauma of exile, and the Easter Rising of 1916 as described by W.B. Yeats and epitomised by Cúchulainn, the hero of the tribe.
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John Blake, Mairead Hurley and Nathan Gourley in Concert on March 12th, 2016
Nathan Gourley - A former member of Chulrua, the Doon Ceili Band, the Two Tap Trio, and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project, fiddler and guitarist Nathan Gourley started playing music at age five. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, Brian Miller of Bua, and Norah Rendell of The Outside Track. Now a resident of Boston, Nathan was a finalist in the Seán Ó Riada fiddle competition in Ireland in 2014 and winner of Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013. Nathan can be seen playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.
Mairead Hurley - Mairead is an inspiring concertina player from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Growing up in a musical family, she won the 2006 All-Ireland Concertina Senior Championships title at the Fleadh Cheoil in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, cementing her status as one of the up and coming talents in Irish concertina playing. A regular at music festivals throughout Ireland, she is also in high demand for concertina workshops worldwide. She has played on a number of Irish television music shows including TG4’s ‘Geantraí’ and RTÉ’s flagship ‘The Late Late Show’ to promote the ‘Sligo Live’ festival. She has recently spent 2 years living and playing music in Australia, and has made her mark on the folk scene there, performing at major festivals including the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Woodford folk festival.
John Blake - John Blake is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist and pianist. An ex member of traditional group Téada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly. Brought up in London, John moved to Ireland in 1998 and developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up several album credits. He joined traditional band ‘Téada‘ in 2001 and toured with them for 3 years, at which point he got off the road and settled into a job in Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Pipers Club) in Dublin. In 2003 John was runner up in the Irish Echo’s ‘Irish Traditional Musician Of The Year’ and in 2013 released his debut solo album ‘The Narrow Edge’.
Mick Maloney, Robbie O’Connell and & James Keane in Concert on
April 16th, 2016 at the Irish Center
Tickets $30 at the door
$25 in Advance for Non-Members
$20 in Advance for PCG Members
Since 1984, Mick Moloney, Robbie O'Connell, and Jimmy Keane have been delighting audiences with their unique blend of Irish music and song, both traditional and contemporary. An evening with this trio is an experience that covers much musical ground and is not easily forgotten. With each one regarded as the best in his field, the combination brings a great depth and range to their concerts. Virtuoso musicianship is underscored with humor, and a sense of history is tempered by the reality of today's social condition. Some of their songs will fill you with emotion, others will have you laughing outright; some of the melodies will haunt you for days, others will make you want to leap up dancing. However you react, one thing is certain, you will want more.