Pumpgirl from Award-Winning Irish Playwright Abbie Spallen
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The last date listed for Pumpgirl was Sunday March 22, 2009 / 3:00pm.
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Featured review from KJH
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Although the play's run is finished, I do encourage people to attend events at this venue and by this production company Solas Nua. They always choose works that are raw and evokes emotion. Whether you like the play or not, you will always get high-quality performances and walk away with questions and contemplations, which is always a good thing (IMHO).
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A very "real" play, with no frills and a very intimate setting. Brilliant acting leaves the spectator feeling like he or she has just caught a glimpse into an eruptive love triangle. I really enjoyed it and I recommend others to check it out! ...continued
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Abbie Spallen received the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Pumpgirl_.
“Playwright Abbie Spallen…is part of a new generation of Irish writers and filmmakers who are tackling weighty contemporary issues, forming a representation of the country that goes beyond the classics.” —_New York Times
“Another small treasure from the ever venturesome Solas Nua.”—Potomac Stages
“All three actors give enthrallingly nuanced performances.” — Examiner.com
Pumpgirl works in the garage in the borderlands between north and south, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on “No helmet” Hammy, who drives all thoughts of his dead-end job at the chicken farm out of his head with wild nights out racing stock cars with the lads. But his marriage to Sinead’s running out of fuel and she dreams of a joyride of her own, which will entangle their lives even further after one fateful night.
Abbie Spallen’s play charts the humours and horrors of these three lives on a collision course with fantastically rich contemporary language, when the characters share their unspoken thoughts and darkest desires directly with the audience. The result is razor-sharp storytelling at its rawest and most compelling – by turns hilarious, chilling and touching, revealing a major new voice in Irish writing.
About the Ticket Supplier: Solas NuaSolas Nua is a non-profit arts organization that seeks out both feted and obscure work by contemporary artists in Ireland to promote awareness of modern Irish culture in Washington D.C.
Solas Nua is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts.