A one-woman show by the Wexford writer and performer Michelle Dooley Mahon is to be presented in New York as part of the prestigious Origin's 1st Irish festival of theatre in the New Year.
The announcement was made this week by Wexford Arts Centre which commissioned and produced the show with support from Artlinks. It was directed by Ben Barnes, former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre
The critically acclaimed production will be staged in New York, in association with the distinguished Off Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre situated in the heart of Manhattan at 132 W22nd Street in Chelsea, running from January 22 to February 3.
'Wexford Arts Centre looks forward to promoting further the wonderful Wexford talent of writer/performer Michelle Dooley Mahon and director Ben Barnes as well as Wexford culture in general on this exciting tour to the Big Apple', said Elizabeth Whyte, Executive Director of the Arts Centre, adding that more information on bookings will be announced at a later date.
'We hope everyone in Wexford who has family and friends living in New York will encourage them to come along and support the production', she said.
'The Scourge' is adapted from the writer's novel 'Scourged' in which she relives visits to her late mother Siobhan in a nursing home after she was struck down by Alzheimer's disease or what Michelle calls 'death by a thousand cuts'.
Through her humorous and moving life memories, the audience is introduced to the experience of an ordinary Irish small-town family forced to become extraordinary in their attempt to cope.
Michelle Dooley Mahon will be interviewed by Jackie Hayden during the Write by the Sea Festival in the Wooden House, Kilmore Quay this Saturday, September 28.