Venue Details

24 Star Starred
Mead Theatre Lab
Flashpoint 916 G St. NW Washington, DC 20001
Venue website Get directions
48 events
36 reviews
38 stars
There is a parking lot on 8th Street, NW, that charges $10.
star this tip starred
48 events
36 reviews
38 stars
The weather was cool.. I wore jeans and a warm sweater..
star this tip starred
View all 48 tips

Reviews & Ratings

15 ratings
4.2 average rating
  • 4
  • 10
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
16 events
6 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 01 2009

Moving play, brilliant acting.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
46 events
8 reviews
17 stars
10 events
5 reviews
9 stars
attended Mar 19 2009

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

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 14 Reviews
More Information

Quotes & Highlights

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.” —


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 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.