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The McGowan Trilogy and Port Authority Lead 2014 Origin’s 1st Irish Festival Nominations

Winners will be presented with their awards at a September 29 ceremony.

An image from The McGowan Trilogy at the cell.
A scene from The McGowan Trilogy at the cell.

The seventh annual Origin’s 1st Irish Festival has announced nominations for its top honors, which will be handed out at an awards ceremony at Papillon Bistro-Bar on September 29. Nine plays were seen in competition during the monthlong festival, which began on September 3.

The Origin’s 1st Irish Festival features plays and productions by contemporary Irish playwrights in an array of styles. The 2014 productions vying for the tourney’s jury-voted awards are from Belfast, Dublin, Los Angeles, and New York.

This year's panel of voters includes TheaterMania Managing Editor Andy Lefkowitz, Mint Theater Artistic Director Jonathan Bank, casting director Stephanie Klapper, and Fox News Senior Producer Marvin Himelfarb.

The list of nominees is as follows:

Best Actress – Georgina McKevitt (Waiting for IKEA); Anna Nugent (The McGowan Trilogy); Claire O’Reilly (Boys and Girls); Laoisa Sexton (Waiting for IKEA)

Best Actor – Sean Doyle (Boys and Girls); Peter Maloney (Port Authority); David Mandelbaum (Waiting for Godot); Ciaran Nolan (Man in the Moon)

Best Director – Tony Devlin (Man in the Moon); Henning Hegland (Big Green Apple); Kira Simring (The McGowan Trilogy); Moshe Yassur (Waiting for Godot); Ciaran O’Reilly (Port Authority)

Best Playwright – Shane Baker and Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot); Dylan Coburn Gray (Boys and Girls); Conor McPherson (Port Authority); Anto Nolan (Docks, Jocks and Socks), Seamus Scanlon (The McGowan Trilogy)

Best DesignThe McGowan Trilogy; Port Authority; Waiting for Godot

Best ProductionThe McGowan Trilogy; Man in the Moon; Port Authority; Waiting for Godot

A special jury prize will also be handed out at the event.