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Irish Repertory Theatre Announces THE INDOMITABLE IRISHRY - A 2021 Online Gala Celebration
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IRISH REPERTORY

ANNOUNCES

THE INDOMITABLE IRISHRY:
AN ONLINE CELEBRATION

HONORING

TONY AWARD WINNER
BILL IRWIN

AND

2021 CHAMPIONS OF THE ARTS AWARD RECIPIENTS
MARY LOU & JOE QUINLAN

DIRECTED & ARRANGED BY
CHARLOTTE MOORE

PRODUCED BY
CIARÁN O'REILLY

MUSICAL DIRECTION BY
JOHN BELL

THE 2021 GALA BENEFIT PRODUCTION WILL STREAM
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2021 AT 7:30PM ET

(New York) Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director, and Ciarán O'Reilly, Producing Director) proudly announces The Indomitable Irishry: An Online Celebration, this season's Gala benefit production, which will stream online on Monday June 14, 2021 at 7:30pm ET. The evening will honor Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (On Beckett) and Mary Lou and Joe Quinlan, longtime members of the Irish Rep family both on and off stage.

Join Irish Rep online for an evening of music and songs celebrating their thirty-two years of bringing the best Irish and Irish American stories to the stage. This one-night-only event, whose title is drawn from W.B. Yeats's poem "Under Ben Bulben," will celebrate their "indomitable Irishry" and look to the future as they celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the acclaimed master clown, Tony Award-winning actor and MacArthur, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin and present the Champions of the Arts Award to best-selling author and marketing powerhouse, Mary Lou Quinlan, and Joe Quinlan, former president of Time Inc. Television and senior producer of the "MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour."

"We are beyond thrilled to honor our dear friends Mary Lou and Joe Quinlan and the great Bill Irwin at our virtual gala this year," said Artistic Director Charlotte Moore and Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly. "Mary Lou and Joe have been steadfast supporters of our theatre for as long as anybody can remember, and their genuine passion for our productions and for all things Ireland is inspiring. Bill has not only brought his wisdom and humor to Irish Rep audiences with his award-winning On Beckett both on stage and screen, he has also helped raise the profile of our company. We are proud to be able to salute our friends, Bill Irwin and Mary Lou and Joe Quinlan."

The evening will be directed and arranged by Artistic Director Charlotte Moore (Meet Me in St. Louis), produced by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly (A Touch of the Poet) and feature an orchestra and chorus under the director of John Bell (Meet Me in St. Louis). Additional details will be announced at a later date.

All proceeds benefit Irish Repertory Theatre and will allow them to continue to employ actors and theatre artists, while producing vital new works by Irish and Irish American playwrights. For more information or to learn about event sponsorship, please contact Irish Rep's Director of Development Jason Smoller at 212.255.0270 or jason.smoller@irishrep.org.

IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE, co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, is now in its 32nd season after first opening its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. 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," an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Body of Work," Irish Rep celebrates the very best in Irish theatre, from the masters to the new generation of Irish and Irish American writers who are transforming the stage.?Nearly 50,000 audience members annually attend productions at Irish Rep's theatre located in the heart of New York's Off-Broadway community. Once here, they witness Irish Rep's engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
IrishRep.org

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BIOS

BILL IRWIN is a Tony Award-winning actor, director, writer and clown. His original works include The Regard of Flight; Largely New York (four Tony Nominations); Fool Moon; Old Hats, The Happiness Lecture; and others. He has starred in many Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional stage productions including The Iceman Cometh; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play); The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, opposite Sally Field; Waiting for Godot with Nathan Lane (2009 Drama Desk Award nomination); The Tempest opposite Patrick Stewart; Texts for Nothing; Largely New York; The Regard of Flight; Garden of Earthly Delights; Accidental Death of An Anarchist and the Tony Award-winning Fool Moon which he created with David Shiner. On television Irwin can be seen in character roles including Mr. Noodle of "Elmo's World" and in HBO's "The Gilded Age." His film credits include Rachel Getting Married, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Eight Men Out, Interstellar, Stepping Out and more. Irwin was an original member of Kraken, a theatre company directed by Herbert Blau, and was also an original member of the Pickle Family Circus of San Francisco. Irwin is the grateful recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, Fulbright and National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowships.

MARY LOU AND JOE QUINLAN are proud Philadelphia natives who married and moved to New York City in 1978. Mary Lou's career took her from Advertising Director of Avon Products to a highly awarded decade in the ad industry, including CEO of NW Ayer & Partners. She founded the women's marketing consultancy Just Ask a Woman. Mary Lou has written four books, including New York Times bestseller The God Box, which she transformed into a solo play that she has performed in the US and Ireland. The play's first workshop was held in Irish Rep's Studio Theatre. The God Box Project raised over $600,000 for hospice, educational and arts institutions. Joe spent more than a decade working for Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer for their Report/NewsHour on PBS. He was later president of two Time Inc. television production companies. He has served on the board or advisory board of seven different not-for-profits, including Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, where he received his MA in 2013. Via the Ireland Funds, they support a wide array of arts, cultural and educational groups in New York and Ireland, as well as endowed scholarships at their alma maters. Mary Lou traces her Irish roots to County Tipperary, Cork and Monaghan. Joe's family comes from Cork, Longford, Roscommon and Fermanagh.
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