Jen Silverman's THE MOORS to Continue Irish Rep's Reading Series, 7/28

The Irish Repertory Theatre, which "encourages the development of works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures," continues the eighth season of its Reading Series with Jen Silverman's play The Moors, directed by Jackson Gay. The reading will take place on Monday, July 28 at 3pm on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 W. 22nd Street). The reading is FREE and open to the public. An RSVP to the Irish Repertory Theatre Box Office at (212) 727-2737 is strongly suggested.

In The Moors, a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility, two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, and dream of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path.

The Moors will be read by Bianca Amato (Private Lives, King Lear at TFANA), Hannah Caball (Grounded, A Man For All Seasons), Billy Carter (All That Fall, The Weir), Susannah Flood (Love and Information, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), Mahira Kakkar (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, When January Feels Like Summer) and Jeanine Serralles (The Muscles In Our Toes, The Jammer).

Jen Silverman (Playwright) was raised in Asia, Europe, and Scandinavia and the US. Her work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe in Winter), regionally at Cleveland Public Theatre (AkaruiI), and commissioned and produced by the Gallatin School/NYU (Bones at the Gate) and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School / NYU. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges, Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, The Lark, and Youngblood/EST. She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, InterAct Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/Powerhouse, Williamstown, Playpenn, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, NYTW, The New Harmony Project, and received a Workspace residency at LMCC. Her play The Hunters was selected for?the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage). Her play Still won the 2013 Yale Drama Series Award, and received a reading at Lincoln Center. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, an NYFA grant, and a Leah Ryan / Lilly Award for her play The Moors. BA: Brown. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She currently holds a Lila Acheson Wallace fellowship at Juilliard. For more information visit

Jackson Gay (Director). Upcoming projects include Fridays@3 reading of Jen Silverman's All the Roads Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Kingdom City by Sheri Wilner (La Jolla Playhouse) and Elevada by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep). Recent projects include These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong - 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director (Yale Rep); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick); Arlington by Victor Lodato with music by Polly Pen (San Francisco's Magic Theatre); Lucy Thurber's Where We're Born as part of the 2014 Obie Award winning Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick) and Scarcity (Atlantic Theatre Company); Rolin Jones' The Jammer (Atlantic) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic; Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Production of a Play); A Little Journey (Mint Theater Company; Drama Desk nomination - Outstanding Revival of a Play); Other Desert Cities, Red, August: Osage County, Ken Lin's Intelligence Slave (Alley Theatre). Jackson teaches directing at Columbia University and is on faculty at Primary Stages ESPA School of Theater. BFA Acting University of the Arts. MFA Directing Yale School of Drama.

Kara Manning, Literary Manager, hopes that the reading series will "give playwrights, both emerging and more established, the invaluable opportunity to develop their new work in a supportive, safe environment and will also introduce some Irish playwrights, especially those who might not yet have the New York recognition they merit, to an American audience."

The 2013-14 Irish Rep Reading Series is underwritten in part by Alexis Doyle, Patricia Smith, and the members of our Patron's Circle.

The Irish Rep Reading Series readings are at 3 PM unless otherwise noted and are located at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). Tickets are free and the reading is open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre Box Office at (212) 727-2737. For more information visit

Founded by Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. The Irish Rep is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage. Recognized with the Jujamcyn Theatres Award, a special Drama Desk Award for "Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama," and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," The Irish Rep has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for over twenty years, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage. Nearly 38,000 audience members annually attend productions at our theatre located in the heart of New York's Off Broadway community. Once here, they witness The Irish Rep's engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama. For more information visit

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