by Ronán Noone
Directed by Gemma Whelan ∼
Apr 28 – May 22, 2022
Wed 7:30pm, Thu 10pm (except Thu Apr 28 7:30pm), Sat 2pm, Sun 7:30pm
10pm shows 21 and up only due to OLCC pub rules.
All ages welcome at other shows.
with Tom O’Leary
at T. C. O’Leary’s, 2926 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211
The price you pay for American Individualism
Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan has aspirations of being a writer but struggles to earn a living and provide for his baby son. Spurred on by family pressure and his own loss of dignity, he discovers the price he’s willing to pay to get ahead. A story in verse by a master weaver of tales, about the dark underside of the American Dream.
Show sponsors: Charlotte Rubin, Mair Lewis
Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute
FOOD AND DRINK:
*Evening performances: Please come early to enjoy the special pre-theatre menu at the pub. Food can be ordered up to an hour, and drinks up to 15 minutes, before the show. We encourage you to sit in one of the outdoor sections, as the inside tables will be moved an hour before the show.
* Saturday matinee: The pub will open for service after the show.
– Thanks for your flexibility as the pub transforms into a playhouse!
CREATIVE TEAM AND CREW
~ The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.
Tom O'Leary is well known to Irish TV audiences for his six-year portrayal of Dr Brendan Daly in Ireland's award-winning series Fair City. Additional TV and film credits include Bitter Sweet, When the Sky Falls, and Killinaskully. Dublin theatre credits include Decadence (Michael MacLiamoir Award for outstanding achievement in performance), Proof, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Di Di's Big Day. In New York City, Tom was nominated for the Best Actor award for his role in Ron Hutchinson's play Rat in the Skull and also appeared in Steven Berkoff's Lunch. In Los Angeles, he played Valene in Martin McDonagh's Lonesome West.
Gemma Whelan is the founding artistic director of Corrib Theatre. For Corrib, she has directed numerous regional and U.S. premieres, including James X, How to Keep an Alien, Four Last Things, Quietly, The Testament of Mary, and A Night in November (Drammy nomination for Direction, Drammy award for Solo Performance). In Portland, she has also directed at Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Boom Arts, and Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival. She was the founding artistic director of Wilde Irish Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area and directed at various theatres in the area for over 20 years. Gemma has taught at numerous colleges and conservatories in the Bay Area (including Mills College, American Conservatory Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and in Portland, Ireland, and Singapore. Her second novel will be published in spring 2022. She holds a BA in English, French, and Fine Arts from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Theatre from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.
Ronán Noone is a playwright from Clifden, Connemara. His plays include The Smuggler (Best Playwright award at the 1st Irish Festival of New York, 2019), The Second Girl (winner of the 2015 Inaugural Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Playwriting Award and the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award), The Atheist, Brendan, Scenes from an Adultery, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, The Blowin of Baile Gall, The Gigolo of Baile Breag, The Compass Rose, The Little Black Dress, and A Small Death. Ronán’s work has been produced in Boston, New York, and Washington DC, and internationally in the UK, Spain, Canada, the Philippines, and Ireland. Awards and nominations include Jeff Recommendations in Chicago; Helen Hayes recommendation in Washington DC; Ovation recommendations in Los Angeles; Critics Award in Austin; American Critics Steinberg New Play Award nomination; nomination for Best Play at 1st Irish Festival New York, 2012 & 2015; Three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best New Play in 2003 and 2008; The Boston Theatre Critic Association’s Elliot Norton Play Award; and the Elliot Norton Best Solo Performance Award 2020. Ronán is on the writing faculty for Writing, Film & Media Arts at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Boston University, where he teaches at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in the MFA program in Playwriting. https://ronannoone.com
Gregory is currently theatre program director and associate professor of costume design, makeup, and choreography for the University of Portland theatre department and one of the 28 resident artists at Artists Repertory Theatre. He moved to Portland after a successful run as an associate professor of costume design at Western Washington University for twelve years and chair of the WWU theatre department for three-and-a-half of those years. Mr Pulver holds an MFA in costume design and choreography from Humboldt State University, California. He is the 1993 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Costume Design winner for his work on The Three Penny Opera. He is a member of the international board of advisors for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference and participates yearly as a featured artist, mentoring new American playwrights. Designs include sets and costumes for Bag&Baggage Productions, costumes for Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and costumes for Artists Repertory Theatre (Skin of Our Teeth, Broomstick, Cuba Libre, Foxfinder, God of Carnage, Red Herring, and Design for Living). Gregory has also designed for several short ﬁlms and TV spots in Washington, including a dance for the film Egg Skin. Gregory is also an accomplished director, singer, actor, and dog owner.
Kelly Terry is a Portland-based lighting designer for theatre, dance, and events. After graduating with honors from Florida State University, she launched a career that has included designing for everything from modern and original theatre (Next to Normal, James X, Jesus Hopped the A-Train), and elaborate ballet productions (Snow White, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream), to innovative classics (The Romeo and Juliet Project, Cabaret). Her work could be seen most recently in Profile Theatre’s production of The Oldest Profession, under the direction of Jamie Rea. These days she works with Greenlight Creative, lighting everything from small weddings to massive corporate events. She would like to thank her ever-patient husband/ALD for his support and genius.
Colin is stage managing for the first time since the pandemic started, and he could not be more ecstatic to be back in a performance space! Previous credits include Smokefall and Brilliant Traces (Defunkt Theatre), The Delays (Theatre Vertigo), and Care of Trees (Enso Theatre Ensemble). He's incredibly thankful to Corrib Theatre for a chance to jump back into the performing arts, and also would like to shout out his roommate Alden for all the dishes they do every time he works on a show. Thanks Alden! And lastly, a big thank you to the audience—we'd have no reason to be here today if it wasn't for you. Thanks for making all of this possible again.