Thursday 11th October 8pm St. Michael’s Theatre

Screening of Edwin Porter’s 1913 film of The Count of Monte Cristo, starring James O’Neill and an illustrated talk on the relationship between James O’Neill, his son Eugene, and their Irish roots.

The opening night will be an evening honouring Eugene’s father James O’Neill who left New Ross as a five-year-old in 1851. He himself became a famous actor and we will be showing one of the first silent Black and White movies, the Count of Monte Cristo, with James O’Neill himself in the starring role, giving the young boy who left New Ross on the Graves ship, the India, his posthumous New Ross debut. This will be a very unique event with a specially commissioned original score.

Friday 12th October St. Michael’s Theatre 8pm

Hughie by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Eric Hayes, artistic director Eugene O’Neill Foundation.

In the theatre world, Eugene O’Neill is famously known for his extensive and detailed stage directions that sometimes go on for pages. Late in his career, O’Neill wrote Hughie, the tale of two lonely strangers grappling to make sense of their lives, their relationship and their responsibilities to each other. The play normally seen as an extended monologue has some of the most elaborate stage directions in the O’Neill cannon. These stage directions are so detailed that director Eric Fraisher Hayes has reimagined the play with the stage directions becoming a third character. This fresh take on the play offers audiences a chance to find a new appreciation for O’Neill the dramatist and the humorist. Between lines of dialogue, a rich inner life is revealed about the characters and their author.

Along with the one-act Hughie, there will be a playful presentation of some of O’Neill greatest stage directions.

Saturday 13th October 5pm St. Michael’s Theatre

Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Ben Barnes

Mourning Becomes Electra, trilogy of plays by Eugene O’Neill, produced and published in 1931. The trilogy, consisting of Homecoming (four acts), The Hunted (five acts), and The Haunted (four acts), was modeled on the Oresteia trilogy of Aeschylus and represents O’Neill’s most complete use of Greek forms, themes, and characters. O’Neill set his trilogy in the New England of the American Civil War period. This will be a staged reading, spanning 5 hours, with a supper interval at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre.

Sunday 14th October 8pm St. Michael’s Theatre

My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

Theatre Royal Productions presents Don Wycherley in the touching and entertaining My Real Life by Eoin Colfer. Wexford man Noel has advanced MS and decides to end it all. While waiting for his overdose to take effect he records an increasingly rambling message for his best friend. Noel has apologies to make and messages to send. He has love in his heart and he wants to declare it even if it’s already too late. Noel spends what is possibly the last hour of his life re-living the highs and lows of the past forty years and, surprisingly perhaps, it’s not all doom and gloom. My Real Life is a play that will make you laugh and make you cry

Thursday 11th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 14th October 12pm and 3pm

O’Neill’s S.S. Glencairn Cycle performed on-board the Dunbrody Famine Ship

Bound East for Cardiff, The Long Voyage Home, In the Zone, and Moon of the Caribbees. These 4 one act plays presented in one sitting lasting approx. 1 hour.

11th - 14th october St. Michaels Theatre

Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime talks each day Thursday to Sunday in the order below:
The Great Famine and Irish Literature
The Graves Shipping Company and the New Ross Diaspora
Eugene O’Neill’s Influence on Modern Irish Theatre
Trends and Developments in Recent Irish Literature and Theatre