Colm Summers and Ciara Ní Chuirc’s Purgatory After Yeats is a creative response to the original drama poem by Irish poet-playwright, William Butler Yeats.
Our play follows a day in the life of fifteen-year-old Catchy, a would-be hurler for whom the work of Yeats offers a poetic escape from his everyday life in the suburban south of Ireland. Set during the Great Recession of the late 2000s, Purgatory reimagines Yeats’s poem as a magical movement piece at the intersection of queerness, poverty, and masculinity.
Venue: A Little Room
Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
About Colm Summers:
Colm Summers (Ó Somacháin) is an Irish stage director for theatre and opera, based between New York and Dublin. (he/him/his)
He is a writer for theatre, and essayist. He believes in theatre that can spark wonder and which creates new audiences for theatre.
Recent credits include Wednesday, (New York Live Arts, NYC) The Kill One Race, (Playwrights Horizons, NYC), La Clemenza di Tito (dir. Milo Rau, Grand Théatre de Geneve), The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey), Bite/Scratch (Live Collision International Festival), Dike by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite Theatre, Florida), Love à la Mode (Smock Alley, Dublin and Trafalgar Square), Gays Against the Free State! (Dublin Fringe Festival), Enemy of the Stars by Wyndham Lewis (Dublin & Fes, Morocco), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, (Samuel Beckett, Theatre, Dublin).
Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, Milo Rau and the International Institute of Political Murder, Dead Centre, and Pan Pan (Dublin/New York), and continues to work with the feath3r theory.
Read his essays in Études, Blast at 100 (Brill) and in Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London (Liverpool University Press).
As a playwright, Colm can be found in Fresh Cuts: A Selection of New Plays from Dublin Fringe (Oberon).
He is a Dublin Fringe Festival Radical Spirit Award Nominee (previously Spirit of the Fringe), and was recently selected for the Next Stage: Forecast cohort at Dublin Theatre Festival, and was named as a participant in the 9th Pan Pan International Mentorship. He founded Felicity, a Dublin-based live performance company, in 2016.
When Colm isn’t making theatre, he’s running, or getting tattooed (sorry Mom!). Fun facts: He is a record holding Irish angler, really. He has a medal! Colm’s Irish name is Colm Ó Somacháin. He grew up in a Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland, and his career in the theater began when he was banned from taking part in the his local nativity play, because his mother was a marxist atheist. The teachers decided that a director was an appropriately vague role, and so he gave his first direction, when he cued the sheep to sing (It’s a well known fact that sheep sang at the birth of Jesus). His photography, drawings and poetry have been featured at Temple Bar Gallery and Steambox Gallery (both Dublin, 2016), and published in Crows Nest Zine (Edinburgh, Scotland).
About Ciara Ní Chuirc:
Ciara Ní Chuirc’s plays include MADE BY GOD (Off-Broadway), JUGGERNAUT (O’Neill Finalist, Columbia@Roundabout Finalist, Miranda Theatre Company 2021 Grant Recipient), AFGHANISTASIA (Campfire Theatre Festival Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist), FERNS (O’Neill Finalist), and SURE THIS IS IT (Tiny Plays for Ireland Winner).
Her work has been performed in the Samuel Beckett Theatre and Project Arts Centre (Dublin); Theatre Exile (Philadelphia); The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); and The Tank, Irish Arts Center, Irish Repertory Theatre, Schapiro Theatre, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kraine Theater, and the Studio Theater (NYC). She was selected as an emerging playwright by the Stewart Parker Trust and by Play On (Dublin Theatre Festival). Her plays have been developed with Theatre Exile and The University of the Arts (Philadelphia); Fishamble Theatre Company and Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin); and Elephant Run District Theatre Company and Origin Theatre Company (New York).
She is a recipient of a Theatre Project Award, 2022, from the Irish Arts Council. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.