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An Outrageous Antidote to Riverdance!

Maire ClerkinIt’s the uproarious one-woman comedy that asks what it means to be Irish, what it means if you don’t want to be, and what if you’re labeled an Irish Wannabe? London Irish writer-performer Máire Clerkin, who cut her teeth in the 80’s alternative comedy scene with an act called The Hairy Marys, relives her past with tales of the disappointing daughter of an Irish dancing-school mistress, ugly duckling syndrome, cultural confusion and a life dedicated to work avoidance. “…glorious riffs of traditional Irish dance…animated impersonations and snapshot transitions in a world that Clerkin captures so meticulously†– LA Weekly (Theater Pick). Produced by Heather Woodbury’s Fomenting Arts Unlimited Incorporated. Playwright/Performer Máire Clerkin is the founder of The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks Irish Dance Theatre, both of which have toured the UK & IrelandA life dedicated to work avoidance. extensively. Credits include Dancing on Dangerous Ground at Radio City Music Hall; Fennels, Flannels, Funnels at John Hegley; Centenary Knees Up at South Bank Centre; Unconnected Soundings at The Royal Opera House; Music Makers on BBC TV; and Revolver on BBC World Service. She directed Cadence Dance Theatre in Arizona (2004-05) and A Gaelic Gathering for the World City series at Disney Concert Hall in ‘07. Director Dan O’Connor is co-founder of Impro Theatre, (Top 10 Best Theatre of 2009, LA Weekly), co-director for Jane Austen UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted. Credits include Improbable Theatre’s Lifegame (Off-Broadway), Seinfeld, Campus Ladies, Malcolm in the Middle, and The Newz. O’Conner co-created the NBC/ION television improv comedy show World Cup Comedy. His TV directing credits include Sons and Daughters and Campus Ladies. St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm. All Tickets: $17.00. Call the box office at 310-394-7997 x1 or purchase online at http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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