Seamus Scanlon's THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY Comes to the cell, 9/11-10/5

Seamus Scanlon's THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY Comes to the cell, 9/11-10/5

the cell, A Twenty-First Century Salon, along with the 1st Irish Theatre Festival, A Celebration of the Best of Irish Theatre presented by Origin Theatre Company, presents THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY, a series of one-act plays by award-winning writer Seamus Scanlon. Directed by Kira Simring, Artistic Director of the cell, THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY will play a strictly-limited engagement from September 11th - October 5th at the cell (338 West 23rd Street). The press opening is Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets, which are $18.00, are now available at

THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY tells of Irish revolutionary Victor McGowan; cold blooded, warm-hearted and conflicted. In DANCING AT LUNACY, McGowan ignores court martial protocol. In THE LONG WET GRASS, McGowan is forced to choose between his commitment to the cause and a woman who was his childhood companion. In BOYS SWAM BEFORE ME, McGowan faces painful revelations from his past.

The cast of THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY includes Cindy Boyle, Philip Callen, Conor McIntyre, Anna Nugent, and features Paul Nugent.

THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY has scenic and lighting design by Gertjan Houben, costume design by Siena Zoe Allen, and sound design by Dylan Fusillo.

Seamus Scanlon (Playwright) is a native of Galway, Ireland whose writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, Promethean, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Review of Post Graduate English Studies, Global City Review, the Roanoke Review , Gemini Magazine and Noir by Noir West (Arlen House, 2014). His story collection As Close As You'll Ever Be (Cairn Press, 2012) garnered many positive reviews. Recent achievements include a residency at the MacDowell Artists Colony and a fellowship from the Center for Fiction in New York. He is a Resident Artist at the cell, where his development as a dramatist began and where an acclaimed production of DANCING AT LUNACY was staged in 2012. Seamus' other plays have been read as part of the cell's monthly salons, at the Arthouse INKubator series and at the NEWvember New Play Festival. Scanlon is a Carnegie Corporation/New York Times award-winning librarian at the City College of New York's Center for Worker Education.

Kira Simring (Director) is the Artistic Director of the cell. A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work. Most recently, she directed the New York Times Critic's Pick Hard Times, An American Musical by Larry Kirwan. Outside of the cell, Kira's direction has been seen in venues throughout NYC, including The New Theatre Row Theatres, City Center's VOX at NYU's Skirball Theatre, The Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space and 80 St. Mark's Theatre. Regional venues include CenterStage in Baltimore, New Village Arts in San Diego, and The Connecticut Grand Opera.

the cell, A Twenty First Century Salon (Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director and Kira Simring, Artistic Director) is dedicated to creating works to mine the mind, pierce the heart, and awaken the soul. the cell is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work.

Curated and coordinated by the New York-based Origin Theatre Company, George C. Heslin, Artistic Director, Origin's 1st Irish, the only festival of its kind to focus exclusively on the work of Irish playwrights, is the city's only all-Irish theatre festival. Throughout the year, Origin, now in its twelfth season, produces the New York and American premieres of plays by emerging European playwrights.

THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY will play a strictly-limited engagement (16 performances only) from September 11th - October 5th at the cell (338 West 23rd Street). The Opening is Saturday, September 13, 2014. The performance schedule is Thursdays through Sundays at 7:00 pm. Tickets, which are $18.00, are now available through For festival information visit:

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