The Irish Play on the New York Stage, 1874-1966

Overview

Over the years American — especially New York — audiences have evolved a consistent set of expectations for the "Irish play." Traditionally the term implied a specific subject matter, invariably rural and Catholic, and embodied a reductive notion of Irish drama and society. This view continues to influence the types of Irish drama produced in the United States today. By examining seven different opening nights in New York theaters over the course of the last century, John Harrington considers the reception of ...

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Overview

Over the years American — especially New York — audiences have evolved a consistent set of expectations for the "Irish play." Traditionally the term implied a specific subject matter, invariably rural and Catholic, and embodied a reductive notion of Irish drama and society. This view continues to influence the types of Irish drama produced in the United States today. By examining seven different opening nights in New York theaters over the course of the last century, John Harrington considers the reception of Irish drama on the American stage and explores the complex interplay between drama and audience expectations. All of these productions provoked some form of public disagreement when they were first staged in New York, ranging from the confrontation between Shaw and the Society for the Suppression of Vice to the intellectual outcry provoked by billing Waiting for Godot as "the laugh sensation of two continents." The inaugural volume in the series Irish Literature, History, and Culture, The Irish Play on the New York Stage explores the New York premieres of The Shaughraun (1874), Mrs. Warren's Profession (1905), The Playboy of the Western World (1911), Exiles (1925), Within the Gates (1934), Waiting for Godot (1956), and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1966).

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"Winner of the 1998 Michael Durkan Prize given by the American Conference for Irish Studies." —

"Has written a fascinating study of Irish dramatic genius battling the restrictions of theater production and the preconceptions of American audiences." — The Boston Irish Reporter

"One of those books which opens up vistas of inquiry, awakening the reader to the way in which a particular field of study has been skewed in one direction or another." — Bullan

"The choice of plays and productions is both ingenious and unerring. The result is a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. Built on specific events and impressively deep contexts, this is a history of major Irish/American cultural transactions over some 150 years." — Charles Fanning

"A stimulating and shapely book." — Irish University Review

"He has assembled a fine cultural history which is written in a lively and jargon-free style." — James Joyce Literary Supplement

"Unites the literature, history, and culture of Irish and American theater into an admirable and provocative book. Much more than a study of seven plays, John Harrington's The Irish Play on the New York Stage is an absorbing chronicle of 150 years of Irish-American culture." — New Hibernia Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Dion Boucicault, the Irish Play, and the Politics of Reconciliation 9
2 The Bernard Shaw Cult, New York, 1905 34
3 Synge's Playboy, the Irish Players, and the Anti-Irish Irish Players 55
4 James Joyce Downtown 75
5 Sean O'Casey and Within the Gates: The Irish Playwright Comes to New York 99
6 Waiting for Godot in New York 123
7 Brian Friel: Erin on Broadway 145
Notes 166
Index 180
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