Curio’s New Play Reading Series Fresh from Ireland, a story of directionless teens who try to rob a pub owner, and find themselves in way over their heads.
FREE to the PUBLIC, Audience feedback is encouraged! Come and be a part of the creative process.
LEOPOLDVILLE by Jaki McCarrick
Presented Monday at 7pm in the Calvary Center for Culture and Community
4740 Baltimore Avenue
Everywhere is Leopoldville. Everywhere.
Jaki McCarrick’s LEOPOLDVILLE shines a bright light on the destructive power of directionless young men. Set in 1990 in an Irish border town, a gang of teenage boys with few prospects ends a long night of “adventure” by breaking into “The Congo”, a pub owned by a well-traveled widower. When the owner comes back and claims to have no valuables, no African diamonds, nothing more than the cash in the till, the gang starts to fall apart, and things spiral out of control.
About the playwright:
Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Her first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association’s National Playwriting Competition and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009. Her most recent play, Leopoldville, was this year selected by David Hare as a finalist in the 2010 Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition – and won the 2010 Papatango New Writing Award. The play was recently staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London to much critical acclaim.
REVIEWS FOR LEOPOLDVILLE
A superbly dark, taut thriller
A fascinating piece of theatre. RemoteGoat
Impossible to shake off, the effects of this show plaster themselves on its audience…a stellar script…Expect to leave shaken. Spoonfed Theatre Journal
A sharp, well observed piece of writing that is performed beautifully by this young, ensemble cast. The tension builds and builds throughout the play culminating in a harrowing twist that both excites and disgusts in equal measure…Fantastic work. Broadway Baby
A fantastic, haunting, terrifying play …….very strong, young cast & tight direction. It’s the winning entry for The Papatango New Writing Competition 2010 and rightly so…The Group, Theatre Royal Stratford East