Public Reading: Marina Carr, Playwright


Location: Snite Museum of Art

Acclaimed Irish playwright Marina Carr will launch the Keough-Naughton Institute’s Fall 2019 Speakers and Public Talks Series with a reading in the Irish art galleries of the Snite Museum of Art at 4:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Brought up in County Offaly, Marina Carr graduated form University College Dublin in 1987 with a degree in English and Philosophy. She was Writer-in-Residence at the Abbey and Trinity College Dublin. Her plays include The Cordelia Dream (RSC), Marble (Abbey, Teatro Vascello Rome), 16 Possible Glimpses (Abbey), Phaedra Backwards (Mccarter Princeton), On Raftery’s Hill (Royal Court, London), Portia Coughlan (Royal Court and the Abbey Dublin), By the Bog of Cats (Abbey, Dublin and Wyndham’s Theatre, London), The Mai (Peacock, Dublin/Abbey, Dublin/Tricycle/McCarter, Princeton), Low In The Dark (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), Ullaloo (Abbey, Dublin Theatre Festival), Ariel (Abbey), and two plays for children, As Meat Is To Salt (Abbey) and The Giant Blue Hand (The Ark). Awards include Irish Times Playwright Award 1998, The Susan Smith Blackburn Award for Portia Coughlan, Best New Irish Play at Dublin Theatre Festival 1994, The EM Foster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American/ Ireland Fund Award, The Macaulay Fellowship and The Hennessy Award. She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish artists’ association to which members are elected by their peers.

Her public reading on the Notre Dame campus will mark the opening of the Snite Museum of Art’s new exhibit: “Looking at the Stars”: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame.

Additional events around her visit include:

- A lecture (week of September 2, Time TBD) by Melissa Sihra, Head of Drama, Trinity College Dublin, author of  Marina Carr: Pastures of the Unknown (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), on the playwright’s work.

- A roundtable on her work (week of September 9, Time TBD) featuring three Notre Dame faculty members:

     Anne Garcia-Romero, Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

    Susan Cannon Harris, Professor, English

    Joyelle McSweeney, Professor of English and Director, Creative Writing Program

During her residency, Ms. Carr will also meet with Notre Dame faculty and students in and outside of classes.

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