40 years of Irish culture at TWSV

We’ve seen the work of many Irish and Irish-American playwrights on our mainstage over the past 40 years. Let’s take a look back at the influence of Irish culture at TheatreWorks, which continues with this season’s Outside Mullingar.


Above, 1977’s She Stoops to Conquer by Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, who was born in County Westmeath, Ireland (the same county as Mullingar).


Our first production by the great George Bernard Shaw came in 1980 with Misalliance.


Above, 1982’s Da, by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard, a 1978 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.


David Kudler, Kate Connors, & John Brady.

Also by Irish playwright Leonard, 1985’s A Life at the Burgess Theatre in Menlo Park.


Steve Young, Kathleen Turco-Lyon, & Steve Walton

Catchpenny Twist by Northern Ireland’s Stewart Parker, which played at the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center in Palo Alto in 1986.


James Tyrone II, Remi Sandri, & Bruce Williams. Photo by David Allen.

1995’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by County Donegal native Frank McGuiness.


Julian Lopez-Morillas, Edward Sarafian, Phoebe Levinger, & Tom Woosnam. Photo by David Allen.

George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell in 1996.


Jessica Chastain & Travis Engle. Photo by David Allen.

Our 1998 production of Romeo and Juliet drew its setting from the Protestant-Catholic troubles era in  Northern Ireland, and starred future Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.


Travis Engle & Mark Anderson Phillips. Photo David Allen.

2000’s The Cripple of Inishman by Martin McDonagh, set in the primarily Irish-speaking island of Inishman in the Aran Islands.


Stacy Ross & Lanie MacEwan. Photo by David Allen.

2005’s Dolly West’s Kitchen by Frank McGuiness. This World War II era drama draws its setting from the small town of Buncrana, County Donegal, just north of the border from Derry, Northern Ireland.


Kimberly King & Cassidy Brown. Photo by David Allen.

Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt in 2008


Riley Krull & Mindy Lym. Photo by Tracy Martin.

2013’s Being Earnest, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska, adapted from Irishman Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.


Jessica Wortham & Rod Brogan. Photo by Kevin Berne.

And finally, 2016’s Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy by Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley, set in County Westmeath, Ireland.

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