Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - One set, a contemporary basement meeting hall in a Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York. The play can be done as it was in off-Broadway production, with a full out, intricately detailed set, with stained glass and rainwater running down the windows. It can also be portrayed more simply.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
Adolescence, Aging, Betrayal, Childhood, Christianity, Current Events, Friendship, LGBT issues, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Politics, Religion
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Nominee! 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Los Angeles Theater
What "The Irish Curse" is – and how it manifests itself – is the raw centerpiece of this wicked, rollicking and very funny new play. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity. In doing so, it dares to pose the fundamental question that has been on the minds of men since the beginning of time: "Do I measure up to the next guy?" Size matters to a small group of Irish-American men (all professionally successful New Yorkers) who meet every Wednesday night, in a Catholic church basement, at a self-help group for men with small penises. This alleged Irish trait is the focus of their weekly sessions, as they all feel this "shortcoming" has ruined their lives. One evening, when a twenty-something blue-collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men think about "the Irish Curse" ...tackling their obsession with body image and unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex and relationships that men must face every day in the world.
"Casella is at his best when he's going for laughs. He gets a lot of them." –The New York Times
"Critics Pick! Colorful character-driven comedy." –Time Out New York
"The Irish Curse is a very human and even humane play. You will find yourself rooting for these esteem-building sessions to succeed." –Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
"ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS OF THE YEAR! Truly original, truly hysterical and truly touching! You will be enthralled! –Talk Entertainment
Check out these photos from the Odyssey Theatre's production of The Irish Curse in July 2012.
The Irish Curse was first produced at the New York International Fringe Festival, Summer 2005, where it won the festival's Outstanding Playwriting Award. The play was subsequently performed in the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2007 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. It opened Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City in March 2010 and has since enjoyed many regional productions across the country.