Pumpgirl from Award-Winning Irish Playwright Abbie Spallen
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Written in 1978 by acclaimed human rights activist and first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, Protest challenges us to question what we would do if forced to choose between survival and revolution. In this politically fueled play we meet a dissident returning home after imprisonment and a rebel campaigning in protest against a corrupt government. But this distinctive interpretation of the typically male-driven drama will also feature counterparts for the two leads -- two females meant to emphasize the universality of the characters. Protest, once banned from the stage but now revered, is a rallying cry to the responsibility of individuals to take action in the face of political corruption. Learn More
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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
<p>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.</p>
About the Ticket Supplier: Solas Nua
Solas 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.