Theatre in DC: An Irish Carol

The Keegan Theatre presents a world premiere by Dublin native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan. In what Keegan hopes will be a new holiday tradition for DC audiences, An Irish Carol runs December 3- 31, 2011 at the Church Street Theater.

Set in a modern Dublin pub, An Irish Carol is an homage to Dickens’ classic – told as only the Irish can. The play, both comic and touching, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve – challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever. An Irish Carol is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright.

“I have been wanting to commission a modern, Irish, take on A Christmas Carol for a long time so when Matthew said he’d take on the project, I was thrilled. Obviously he brings the Irish voice that I envisioned to the project, but more than that, he’s an astonishingly good script writer. I’ve long been impressed with his writing so it’s a joy to find a project that is right for Keegan right now.”

An Irish Carol features Jon Townson, David Jourdan, Susan Marie Rhea , Josh Sticklin, Timothy Lynch, Mick Tinder, Mike Kozemchak and Kevin Adams.

The Keegan Theatre, in its 15th season in Washington DC, is the resident company at Church Street Theater in Dupont Circle.

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