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Origin's 1st Irish Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

The toast of Ireland will come to New York City this fall.

Pat Shortt will bring his new play Selfie to New York City for a run during Origin's 1st Irish Festival.
Pat Shortt will bring his new play Selfie to New York City for a run during Origin's 1st Irish Festival.
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The production lineup has been announced for the 8th annual Origin's 1st Irish Festival, running September 2-October 4 at various venues around Manhattan, including 59E59 Theaters and the Irish Arts Center.

The list of productions is as follows:

Selfie: Pat Shortt (The Cripple of Inishmaan) stars in his new comedy about what goes on during a chaotic Irish funeral. Presented by the Irish Arts Center, it runs September 10-27.

Made in China: In his new solo show, Des Bishop chronicles his journey to learn Mandarin in China so he could perform standup for a Chinese audience. It runs at Lucky Jack's, September 25 and October 1-3.

Pondling: Paul Meade directs Genevieve Hulme-Beaman’s solo show about a woman who longs for the love of her life, a 14-year-old boy. It runs September 8-October 4 at 59E59 Theaters.

Language UnBecoming a Lady: Liam O'Brien directs a play by Myles Breen that examines the life of an aging drag queen. Using the music of Streisand, Garland, and more, the work is presented at the cell September 16-27.

Little Thing Big Thing: Donal O'Kelly's darkly comic thriller follows an excon and a nun being chased across Ireland fora roll of film. Sorcha Fox stars with the playwright in this Fishamble: The New Play Company production, running September 2-27 at 59E59 Theaters.

Stoopdreamer: Pat Fenton's new theatrical experience, in which audience members are regaled with haunting memories from three residents of Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace, runs September 4-27 at The Cell under the direction of Kira Simring.

Two other mainstage productions will be revealed in the coming weeks. There will be a special Irish-themed edition of Celebrity Autobiography, featuring the likes of Michael Urie, Tate Donovan, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Geraldine Hughes, at Stage 72 on September 19 at 9:30pm.

Click here for more information on the festival.

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