Monday, May 17 at Glucksman House

Next week at Glucksman Ireland House NYU:

Origin Theatre Company’s Mondays of May:
Reading of the 2009 Stewart Parker Award-winning The Death of Harry Leon

Origin Theatre Company returns to Glucksman Ireland House NYU with the sixth annual Mondays of May reading series, presenting four works by contemporary European playwrights. Next week Mondays in May presents The Death of Harry Leon, written by Conall Quinn and directed by Matt Torney. The cast includes Sean Gormley, Ken Jennings, Paul Nugent, Laurence Lowry, Aidan Redmond, Tim Ruddy, Christopher Randolph, Laoise Sexton, Fiona Walsh and Gordon Woods.

About The Death of Harry Leon

Dublin, the 1930s. Harry Leon, a poet, is a man at ease with himself and the world around him. Though born a Jew and of Russian ancestry, Harry considers himself very much Irish first and Jewish second. But the world is changing. Adolf Hitler is in power in Germany and anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. In Ireland, sinister forces are emerging from the shadows that will propel Leon to confront the power of his own words and his own Jewish identity. The Death of Harry Leon is the story of a man’s struggle with his country, his past and with himself.

Conall Quinn’s plays include Miss Canary Islands 1936, produced by the Focus Theatre (2002); The Unfortunate Machine-Gunning of Anwar Sadat (2005), nominated for a Fringe First award; Spider and the Lily, commissioned by the Abbey, received a public reading in the Peacock Theatre in 2007 and is currently a work-in-progress. The Death of Harry Leon was originally commissioned by the Abbey Theatre in 2004.

In 2008 Origin Theatre Company launched The Origin Initiative, an exciting addition to Ireland’s most prestigious playwrighting award. With the Origin Initiative, in addition to winning prize money, the recipient of The Stewart Parker Trust Award is be flown to New York where his or her work will be presented at Origin Theatre Company’s annual play reading series, Mondays of May at Glucksman Ireland House NYU. Established 21 years ago in tribute to Northern Irish playwright Stewart Parker, The Stewart Parker Trust Award annually honors and promotes Ireland’s hottest new playwriting talent. We are happy to welcome 2009 winner Conall Quinn.

Admission is free and open to the public.

RSVP required to Origin at (212) 253-8300.

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