The Abbey Theater of Dublin is proud to welcome audiences back to the theater in a safe and responsible way after nearly a year of producing digital content for the Virtual Theatre Project. The theater seats 200; however, with physical distancing in place due to COVID-19, the capacity is currently 100 patrons. The following is a list of previous in-person performances. See the Abbey Theater’s upcoming productions.
The Story of My Life
music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, book by Brian Hill
produced by Evolution Theatre Company
This heart-warming musical follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns that their lives have taken since meeting as children. Through music and song, these two friends recount their adventures, explore their past dissonance and ultimately discover what is at the base of every strong friendship … love.
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The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show Oct. 7, 2021.
CONTROL examines the common fear of giving our whole self to one person. Maya is struggling to determine where she stands with her ex-girlfriend while also trying to sort out where her relationship with her best friend is going. Carter is trying to balance two romantic relationships with two very different women.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show Aug. 19, 2021.
PLAYS IN THE PARKS
Les Misérables – School Edition
“Les Misérables” is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show Aug. 11, 2021.
The Irish… And How They Got That Way
in connection with Dublin Irish Days presented by the Dublin Irish Festival
this production is presented by Giant Eagle Market District
“The Irish… and How They Got That Way” is an Off-Broadway musical written by Frank McCourt. The production features an eclectic mix of Irish music ranging from the traditional “Danny Boy” to U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” An irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America that mingles laughter and sentiment in a tapestry of classical songs and stories. The production encapsulates the most tumultuous times of the past century with vibrant humor and bitter irony. Download the Digital Program.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show Aug. 4, 2021, in the Coffman Park Amphitheater as part of the Dublin Irish Days event.
Sons & Lovers
presented in association with Evolution Theatre Company
Coming out has never been more fabulous in this uproarious comedy. Ellen knows the score – but it’s so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before Ellen realizes the reality she’s been avoiding most is her own.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show July 22, 2021.
Madagascar — A Musical Adventure JR.
“Madagascar — A Musical Adventure JR.” follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show July 15, 2021.
Columbus Black Theatre Festival
presented in association with Mine 4 God Productions
The Abbey Theater of Dublin is proud to partner with Mine 4 God Productions to present the 9th annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival. This 2021 Festival theme was “Say something, it might change something.” The Festival was comprised of 11 powerful plays that were written by award-winning playwrights, directed by nine brilliant directors and performed by talented and experienced actors. Visit Mine 4 God Productions for more information.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin hosted the Festival July 9-11, 2021.
Otterbein Playwrights Collective
presented in association with Otterbein University
The first collaboration between Otterbein University and the Abbey Theater of Dublin! Abbey Theater Supervisor Joe Bishara selected three one-act productions written by Otterbein playwrights that were workshopped, rehearsed and performed by Dublin-based teens.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered this collective with Otterbein University June 25, 2021.
James Garfield’s Decoration Day Address
On May 30, 1868, a crowd of 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for the first Decoration Day exercises. Before strewing flowers upon the graves of the dead, the crowd listened to an address by James A. Garfield (1831–81), then an Ohio congressman who had also served as a major general in the Civil War. In this first of such annual addresses at Arlington National Cemetery, Garfield, who in 1881 would become the 20th president of the United States, sets a standard by explaining what Decoration Day is all about and why it should be commemorated.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered this adaptation of Garfield’s Decoration Day Address on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.
From White Plains
by Michael Perlman
presented in association with Evolution Theatre Company
In an emotional Academy Awards acceptance speech, Dennis publicly denounces Ethan, the high school bully who he believes pushed his gay best friend to suicide, and who, fifteen years later, inspired the screenplay that garnered the Oscar. As the speech escalates from internationally televised to viral, a now more mature Ethan must confront what he did as a teenager. Thrust into the court of public opinion, their closest relationships begin to unravel. When old actions have unforgivable consequences, how can the world be expected to move forward, and does anyone ever outgrow who they were in high school?
The Abbey Theater premiered the show with Evolution Theatre Company May 13, 2021.
How To Be A Trainer
by Robert Cooperman
Dr. John leaves no stone unturned imparting his wisdom (with no filter) about the ins and outs of being a trainer. An irreverent one-man comedy written and performed by Robert Cooperman.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show April 16, 2021.
Songs for a New World
It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice … or take a stand … or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show March 19, 2021.
Bound for Broadway — Frozen KIDS
Frozen KIDS is a 30-minute adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical, which was based on the 2013 Walt Disney Animation Studios film. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and all of your favorite characters embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Frozen KIDS proves that “some people are worth melting for.”
The Abbey Theater premiered the show March 13, 2021.