SEEDS Showcase – February 2020
We are coming to the end of SEEDS 9, when SEEDS participants Olivia Songer, Naomi Faughnan, John Gunning and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth will present their showcase in Project Arts Centre. This will be the culmination of Rough Magic’s most recent 2 year artist development programme.
The Showcase’s centrepiece will be 5 performances of Venus in Fur by David Ives. This darkly comic play premiered off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company in 2010 and on Broadway in 2011.
The SEEDS production will star Peter Coonan as Thomas Novachek, the writer-director of a new play opening in New York City, and Sarah Morris as Vanda Jordan, an aspiring actress who comes to audition and ends up flipping the actress/director power dynamic on its head.
Accompanying Venus in Fur will be a reading of SEEDS Playwright Ciara Elizabeth Smyth’s Irishtown; it is a week before the opening of a new Irish play on Broadway. In the rehearsal room, the cast are panicking. The writer’s previous play was a smash hit drama set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. She’s been commissioned off the back of it and the producers expect another instant classic. Except her new play is about sexual harassment and seagulls. The cast are worried the script is dated, too weird and nowhere near Irish enough for American audiences. When the writer comes in to the rehearsal room to watch a run, an argument erupts and the fate of the script hangs in the balance. Not wanting to blow their shot on Broadway, the cast feel it is now their duty to devise an Irish Play.
Irishtown is a biting satire about theatre, consent and what it means to be Irish.