'A trio of plays that begins with comedy and irreverence and ends with pathos and loss is surprising, original and hugely enjoyable - Christian O’Reilly (Chapatti)'
'Scanlon’s irreverent evisceration's of the pieties of Irish nationalism are darkly comic, disturbing and curiously affecting - Declan Hughes (Digging For Fire, All The Things You Are)'
Wolf Meets World are pleased to announce that we will be producing and staging, the Irish Premiere of 'The McGowan Trilogy' by Seamus Scanlon.
Published by Galway based company Arlen House, The McGowan Trilogy follows the exploits of IRA Assassin Victor McGowan over a 2 year period in 1980's Ireland which consists of three plays, 'Dancing At Lunacy', 'The Long Wet Grass' & 'Boys Swam Before Me', which will be staged in Galway City together as a 3 act showcase.
We are thrilled and honoured that Seamus has chosen Wolf Meets World to be the company to stage the Irish premiere of this finely written, award winning play and that he has also come on board as co-producer.
The play will be directed by Galway Playwright/Director Adrian Lavelle, with John O Connor as production and stage manager.
WORD FROM PLAYWRIGHT SEAMUS SCANLON
I am delighted that The McGowan Trilogy will be staged in Galway in June 2015 by the courageous and ambitious Galway Company, Wolf Meets World. It was first produced in New York by The Cell Theater Company as part of the 2014 1st Irish Theatre Festival run by Charles Heslin's Origin Theatre Company. Although it won three awards (Best actress, Best Director and Best Design) home town acceptance can be more elusive.
Special thanks are due to Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring of The Cell who endorsed and staged the play because they liked the message, the writing, my Irish accent (no use to me in Galway) and the central character of all three plays - Victor M. McGowan (the M stands for murder and something else). They previously produced Dancing At Lunacy (the first of the trilogy) in 2012 alongside Larry Kirwan's (Black 47) play Blood.
Others helped with the script developing process over two years including Michael and Andrea Rhodes of Tangent Theatre Company, Don Creedon of An Beal Bocht and Elena Zazanis of Jersey City's Arthouse INKubator series.
The same enthusiasm they displayed (shared by the actors and crew in New York productions) is matched by Wolf Meets World. All the actors, crew and director Adrian Lavelle are keen to deliver a highly polished performance of The McGowan Trilogy
Because they are a fledgling group with no state funding they have few resources, hence this fundit.ie campaign to stage The McGowan Trilogy in Galway which is Victor's home town after all.
The total amount of Euro 2,500 (approx $2,710) is modest by theatre standards but it is sufficient to deliver a first class production.
Please note The McGowan Trilogy has strong language, violence and poetic license not to mention song lyrics gone awry. So Galwegians may embrace it.
Thanks very much