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PONDLING Will US Premiere at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters will welcome Gúna Nua Theatre Company (Dublin, Ireland) and Ramblinman with the US premiere of PONDLING, written and performed by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and directed by Paul Meade. Part of Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, PONDLING begins performances on Tuesday, September 8 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 4. Press opening is Sunday, September 13 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.

Proud she was in the park that day with her shiny black shoes from a shiny green box. As she pedaled through the park she took quick glances down to her feet deciding that cream tights were definitely the right choice; they did accentuate her raven black shoes. She was free, brave and beautiful. And she was ready to go back to school in a week and a half and show Johnno Boyle O'Connor how free and brave she really was.

This macabre play about a young girl in rural Ireland whose big imagination lands her in even bigger trouble was called "funny, scary and full of rich, exuberant language" by RTE. PONDLING features "a sterling performance" (The Public Reviews) by Genevieve Hulme Beaman, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 2013 Dublin Fringe.

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman (playwright/actress) trained in the Gaiety School of Acting. Since graduating she has played the part of Amber in Gúna Nua's Little Gem, touring Ireland and Australia; Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at The Gate Theatre; Sinead in Anne and Barry, a devised promenade piece with Talking Shop Ensemble for the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival; the part of The Ghost in Roger Greggs' live radio play The Ghost Behind the Black Door; Chrissy in Finding Fighting Words, a short piece she wrote and directed as part of the Collaborations Festival 2012; Kate Hardcastle in Smock Alley Theatre's She Stoops to Conquer; Edie in Pillow Talk Theatre Co.'s Heroin(e) for Breakfast; and Sophie in Glass Dolls' production of Broadening in last year's Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival.

Paul Meade (director) is Artistic Director of Gúna Nua Theatre Company. He directed the award winning Pondling, The Goddess of Liberty, Little Gem, Scenes From a Water Cooler (co-directed with David Parnell), Chicane, Meltdown, Shay and Aisling's Stories, Taste, The Real Thing and Trousers for Gúna Nua. He has also directed Green Street for Percolate, Translations for Hands Turn Theatre, Medea for Threshold, and Positive Dead People and The Shawl for Bewley's Café Theatre. Most recently Paul directed the new musical The Unlucky Cabin Boy for Gúna Nua as part of Limerick City of Culture at the Lime Tree Theatre. Paul is currently working on a new play with Mike Finn for 2016 and a new production of King Lear for Second Age. Paul teaches classical text at The Lir and acting at Inchicore College of Further Education.


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