BOILER ROOM SERIES: New Works Staged Reading #2
Join us at Keegan on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm for a special Boiler Maker Staged Reading and Post-Show Discussion as part of Keegan’s Boiler Room Series: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Darren Donohue, directed by Josh Sticklin.
About the Play
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks is set in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. The play centres on Akram Bukhari, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani student attending St. Joseph’s Secondary School. Following a confrontation between Akram and another student over a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, they set in motion a chain of events forcing their community to question its traditions and beliefs in the aftermath of a violent culture clash.
Olivia Nolan Katie McManus
Max Nolan Chad Wheeler
Asma Bukhari Fatima Razi
Ali Bukhari Vishwas
Akram Bukhari Nico Ochoa
Christopher Nolan Matthew Ross
Mary Mulholland Jordan James
Jim Fitzpatrick Ian LeValley
Susan Melia Jane Petkofsky
About the Playwright
Darren is an award winning Irish playwright and poet. His plays have been produced in Dublin, London, Barcelona, Milan and Prague. Darren’s play, Dayshift represented Ireland at the Festival on the Crisis PIIGS in Barcelona, Spain. Dayshift then transferred to Milan in Italy for runs at the Tramedautore Festival and Teatro Linguaggicreativi. Darren was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2010 for “emerging poetry” and was shortlisted again in 2015. In 2016 Darren’s play Tuesday Evening (following the news) was performed at Irish Arts Centre in New York and The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. as part of ‘Tiny Plays for Ireland/America’. Darren is currently under commission with Rough Magic Theatre Company, Fishamble, and The Abbey Theatre.
Darren’s plays and readings for the Abbey Theatre include Home Game, The Death of Actaeon, El Paso, The Barkhausen Effect, Home-from-Home. Other plays include, Dayshift (Tramedautore Theatre Festival – Milan, Festival on the Crisis PIIGS – Barcelona), Voices in the Rubble (Rapid Lemon Productions, Baltimore), Tuesday Evening (following the news) (Fishamble), A Bucket Full of Fire (Sheer Tantrum/Pandora), The Bird Trap (Three Streets Theatre Company), Keep the Home Fires Burning (Comedians Theatre Company) Revelations, Propelled Upright (Dublin Fringe Festival) Waitin 4 Johno (Crooked House), Bedlam (Dublin Theatre Festival), Dual Cats with One Crayfish recently received a stage reading with Irish Repertory Theatre (NYC). His work is published by the Irish Theatre Institute, Associacio Catalana Perpetuum Mobile, Stagescripts UK and New Island Drama. . Darren is currently developing new work with Rough Magic Theatre Company.
What’s the Boiler Room Series?
The Boiler Room Series at Keegan, named after the old boiler room of the pre-renovation Keegan Theatre, is a bold programming initiative that focuses on the development of new works and the producing of unique performances. The name speaks to the two-part mission: crank up the artistic heat on new works in progress and let loose the creative voices of tomorrow’s theatre. LEARN MORE
At the beginning of the season, Boiler Room Series launched an international, national, and local search for new plays and musicals. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this play or musical will be workshopped by Keegan’s Artistic Development Team and presented to the public as a staged reading. Every staged reading is followed by a post-show discussion. Stay tuned – new works will be announced on a rolling basis.