Woman and Scarecrow

by Marina Carr

Oct 6 – 29, 2023

Thu – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm

A conversation with the cackling shadows that appear at the edge of death. 

Afflicted by a mysterious ailment, a woman lies on her deathbed in what should be the prime of her middle age. In her existential haze, a fierce and darkly witty figure called Scarecrow appears at her bedside. The pair banter, argue, and laugh about the bittersweetness of being alive. Meanwhile, something monstrous rattles from inside the woman’s wardrobe, clawing at the doors to be released. 

Artwork by Karl Hanover
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Sponsored by Ellyn Bye and Neil Kelly Company

Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute

About the Playwright

“And I wonder, is this not the prayer each of us whispers when we pause to consider. Make me human. Make me human, and then divine.”
from 'Woman and Scarecrow'
by Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s plays to date are Ullaloo, 1989; Low in the Dark, 1991; The Mai, 1994; Portia Coughlan, 1996; By the Bog of Cats, 1998; On Raftery’s Hill, 1999; Ariel, 2000; Woman and Scarecrow, 2004; The Cordelia Dream, 2006; Marble, 2007; 16 Possible Glimpses, 2009; Hecuba, 2015, The Boy at the Abbey Theatre 2021, iGirl at the Abbey Theatre 2021, Girl on an Altar at The Kiln Theatre 2022 and Abbey Theatre 2023; Adaptations are Anna Karenina (adapted from Tolstoy’s novel), 2016, Blood Wedding (a new version of Lorca’s play), 2019, and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. 2021; Plays for children are Meat and salt, 2003 and The Giant Blue Hand, 2007. Future projects include a remount of Kiln Theatre critically acclaimed production of Girl on an Altar at the Abbey Theatre. 

Her work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, Landmark, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, The MacCarter Theatre, San Diego Rep, Milwaukee rep. 

She is translated into many languages and produced around the world. 

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio Mary Gordon as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016. 

Prizes include Windham-Campbell Prize 2017 for her body of work, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The American/Ireland Fund Award, The E.M Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Macauley Fellowship, The Puterbaugh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdana.   

She has taught at Trinity College Dublin, at Villanova, and at Princeton. Currently she lectures in the English department at Dublin City University. 

She is published by The Gallery Press, Nick Hern Books and Faber & Faber.      


Kerie Darner
as Woman
Ashley Song*
as Scarecrow
Maria Porter*
as Auntie Ah
Jason Glick
as Him

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Creative Team

Holly Griffith
Abbie Northrop
Kyra Sanford
Kelly Terry
Allison Normin Johnson
Karl Hanover

Production Photos by Owen Carey