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Súgán receives two
Norton Award nominations
Carmel and Peter
O'Reilly among "Top 100"
accolades for the Súgán
Marie Jones attends opening weekend of Woman on the Verge of HRTPlaywright Marie Jones (Stones in his Pockets) travelled all the way from Belfast for the opening weekend of Woman on the Verge of HRT. Here is Marie with director Robert Scanlan, Artistic Director Carmel O'Reilly (Anna in the play) and actor Ciaran Crawford.
Súgán wins Elliot
Norton Award for The Sanctuary Lamp
Bill Marx presented the award to director Carmel O'Reilly after the following introduction:
customary to talk about a company’s loyalty to particular actors or
directors. It is more unusual
to see a
troupe commit over a period of years to the works of a living
especially when that dramatist writes powerful but difficult scripts
not boffo box office.
Súgán at the 2005 Boston Theater
Gregory Burke attends Gagarin WayPlaywright Gregory Burke travelled all the way from Dunfermline in Scotland to see the Súgán's production of his play at the Calderwood Pavilion. Here he is with director Brendan Hughes (center) and Artistic Director Carmel O'Reilly.
Judy McIntyre has received the award for Best Actress in a Play - Small Company for 2004 from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Judy's award was due in part to her performance as Rosie in Súgán's production of The Gigolo Confessions of Baile Breag. The award was presented at the annual IRNE awards on March 21, 2005.
Súgán Theatre makes the List again!
The Súgán Theatre Company made Boston Business Journal's list of Top 25 Performing Arts Organizations in the Boston metropolitan area for 2004.
Other Noteworthy from the Not Too Distant Past
Súgán performs at Opera House in Hard Hat Concert, June 28, 2004
The Súgán was pleased to participate in the historic Hard Hat Concert, staged by Broadway in Boston and produced by Tony McLean, at the newly renovated Opera House in Boston. Súgán and SpeakEasy presented The Streets of Dublin from their recent highly popular co-production of A Man of No Importance. Some of the company members are seen below before going on stage.
receive Gold Medal from the Eire Society
Carmel and Peter O'Reilly received the 2004 Gold Medal of the Eire Society of Boston on May 1, 2004. The Gold Medal is awarded annually to a person (or persons) who is judged to have significantly fulfilled the ideals of the Eire Society, in particular, spreading awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish people.
The citation from the Eire Society reads:
“Tonight the Eire Society is paying timely tribute to two of Boston's most distinguished immigrants, an artistic coupling that has nurtured a shared vision into a theatrical triumph capturing the hearts of audiences and critics alike. With equal helpings of inspiration and hard work our 2004 Gold Medalists have for a dozen sparkling seasons enriched, enlivened and -- most resoundingly -- entertained the theatre goers of Boston and the Northeast.
Together, joyfully and productively, they are Kildare and Fermanagh, communications and stagecraft, business and the performing arts. Their shared adventure, the Súgán Theatre Company, is the unmistakable Irish face of Boston theatre. Their resident company at the Boston Center for the Arts is quite simply the place to go in this part of the world to see award-winning Irish and Celtic contemporary works. The Súgán is Peter and Carmel O'Reilly.
The O'Reillys' creation has found a place among the front rank of theatre companies in Boston, and they have done it by putting on stage, season after season, the finest playwrights that Ireland, north and south, has to offer. Their productions have been brilliant, provocative, risk-taking and illuminating, exploring with a deft touch the many facets and faces of modern Irish life.”
Prior recipients of
this prestigious award
include John F Kennedy, Seamus Heaney, The Chieftains, John Hume,
Siobhan McKenna, Sean McBride, George Mitchell, John Huston, 'Tip'
O'Neill and Maureen
Súgán at the 2004 Boston Theater
The Súgán was one of 45 theater companies
to present a play at the 6th annual Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday April 18. The Súgán staged Arnold
Nawrocki is Dead by David Kruh. Below are actors James Bodge (left) and William Devaney who featured in this
Sean McGuirk wins
Sean McGuirk has received the award for Best Actor in a Musical - Small Company for 2003 from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Sean's award was for his performance as Alfie Byrne in the Súgán / SpeakEasy production of A Man of No Importance. The Award was presented at the annual IRNE awards on March 22, 2004.
visits The Gigolo Confessions
with actress Sara Chase (Adele in A
Man of No Importance)
Súgán acclaimed as Best Fringe Theater in Boston!
The Improper Bostonian has given a Boston's Best '03 award to The Súgán for Best Fringe Theater. The citation includes:
A captivating cast of talented actors and a commitment to presenting new works have earned the Súgán the adulation of critics and audience alike. Whether Irish eyes are smiling, crying or transfixed in amazement, the Súgán never fails to connect with its audience, which includes people of Celtic descent as well as those who just appreciate good theater.Ronan Noone cited as Best Young Playwright
Boston Magazine has given a 2003 Best of Boston award to playwright Ronan Noone as Best Young Playwright saying he "slings killer blarney" and noting the rave notices for the first two parts of the Baile trilogy produced in the 2002-03 season The Súgán will present the final part of his trilogy early in 2004.
Billy Meleady and Ronan Noone win 2003 Elliot Norton Awards
At the 21st Annual Elliot Norton Awards, held on May 19 2003, actor Billy Meleady was honored with a 2003 Elliot Norton Award. Billy won the award for Outstanding Actor, Small Theatre Company for his performances in Súgán's productions of The Lepers of Baile Baiste and Howie the Rookie,.and Boston Playwrights' production of The Blowin of Baile Gall. Billy Meleady is shown below with Artistic Director, Carmel O'Reilly.
Carolyn Clay of The Boston Phoenix presented the award to Billy Meleady after the following introduction:
The actor being honored for a trio of performances in smaller theatres started the season in a rural Irish barroom in Súgán Theatre Company's production of The Lepers of Baile Baiste. His terse, trenchcoated Seaneen Casey, barely able to walk back and forth to the bar but brandishing a slash hook, combined comedy, menace, and a sort of pickled lyricism. He traveled from there to the tough North Dublin of Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie, also for Súgán. In that scabrous Joycean crawl across a violent urban underbelly, he created an alternately cocky and terrified lowlife ladies man in trouble for accidentally stomping a gangster's fighting fish. In his lively, miraculously comprehensible rendering, the play's rhythmic, visceral argot came to life. Moreover, the brazenly amoral character he created was likeable, which was appalling -- but in a good way. From there it was on to Noone's The Blowin of Baile Gall at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, where once again our resident actor Irishman turned in a memorable performance as preening, trouble-making, drinking-on-the-job plasterer Eamon, the presiding presence on the play's impressively dismantled construction-site metaphor for Ireland. Maybe next season he'll astonish us with four great performances, but for the present I'm happy to present the award for Outstanding Actor, Small Company to Billy Meleady.Playwright Ronan Noone, author of The Lepers of Baile Baiste, was also honored, with the award for Outstanding New Script for The Blowin of Baile Gall.
Photo shows Súgán Artistic Director Carmel O'Reilly, playwright Ronan Noone, actor and Guest of Honor Brian Dennehy and actor Billy Meleady.
Carmel O'Reilly and Nancy Carroll win 2002 Elliot Norton Awards!
At the 20th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, held on May 20 2002, Artistic Director Carmel O'Reilly and actress Nancy E. Carroll were honored with 2002 Elliot Norton Awards. Carmel won the award for Outstanding Director, Small Theatre Company for her direction of two plays: THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh and BAILEGANGAIRE by Tom Murphy. Nancy won the award for Outstanding Actress, Small Theatre Company for her portrayal of Mommo in BAILEGANGAIRE.
Remarkably, this was the second year in a row for Carmel O'Reilly to win the Outstanding Director award.
Bill Marx of WBUR and NPR presented the award to Carmel O'Reilly after the following introduction:
One old saw about Ireland is particularly pointed about the challenge posed when directing scripts by its playwrights -- "Ireland is a country in which the probable never happens and the impossible always does." How does a director pull off the artistic crystallization of the impossible on stage? Particularly when the impossible takes so many strange forms, from Yeats to Beckett to the latest wave of Irish dramatists who self-consciously upend conventional expectations?
Billy Meleady wins IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actor
Billy Meleady received the award for Best Supporting Actor - Small Company for 2001 from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Billy received his award for his roles as Trevor in The Súgán's production of Gary Mitchell's TRUST and the New Repertory Theatre/Foxborough Center for the Performing Arts production of THE WEIR by Conor McPherson. Billy received his award at IRNE’s annual awards ceremony on Monday March 25, 2002.
Photo above shows Billy Meleady (center) with, from left, actors Colin Hamell and Ciaran Crawford. Photo below shows cast of MOLLY MAGUIRE celebrating Billy's award.
Súgán Theatre makes the List!
The Súgán Theatre Company made Boston Business Journal's list of Top 25 Performing Arts Organizations in the Boston metropolitan area for 2001.
Carmel O'Reilly wins Elliot Norton Award for THIS LIME TREE BOWER
At the 19th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, held on May 14 2001, Artistic Director of the Súgán Theatre, Carmel O'Reilly, was honored with the award for Outstanding Director of a Small Theatre Company for Conor McPherson's THIS LIME TREE BOWER. This award was given in memory of Skip Ascheim, the respected local theater critic who died in 2000 and who was a champion of small theater companies.
The Elliot Norton Awards, Boston's premier theatre awards, are presented annually by the Boston Theatre Critics Association and are named for Boston's dean of drama critics, Elliot Norton, who celebrated his 98th birthday at the ceremony. The Boston Theatre Critics Association includes theatre critics from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, WBZ-TV and other major Boston media.
Súgán wins Stone Soup Quality Product Award for 2001
"For sustained excellence as in St Nicholas, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Trust", the Stone Soup Fund of Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund recently awarded The Súgán Theatre Company the Stone Soup Quality Product Award for 2001.
Boston Herald recognizes eleven directors who shape Boston Theatre
Artistic Director of The Súgán Theatre, Carmel O'Reilly, was featured as one of eleven Boston area theatre directors to watch out for. In a major article in the Boston Herald on Dec 8, 2000, theatre critic Terry Byrne highlighted an "impressive array of directors working in Boston's small and midsized companies ... directors with the most distinctive and diverse voices".
With respect to Carmel O'Reilly, she wrote:
O'Reilly's direction displays a master of detail. Whether it's vocal inflection or a character's attitude, she always works towards creating an eerily recognizable environment. As artistic director of the Súgán Theatre Company, O'Reilly has introduced the work of both emerging and established playwrights from Ireland and the British Isles.
The Súgán Theatre Company and Artistic Director Carmel O'Reilly were featured, along with a number of other local theatre personalities, in a major article in the TAB (Nov 24, 2000) on a "new era in local theater". According to TAB arts writer Alex Stevens, among the cross-pollination happenings that identify this change was the spring 2000 collaboration between the American Repertory Theatre and The Súgán Theatre, when the A.R.T. took "the Súgán's production of St Nicholas under its wing, presenting it at the Hasty Pudding".
ST. NICHOLAS wins two Elliot Norton Awards for the Súgán!
At the 18th annual Elliot Norton Awards, The Súgán Theatre Company was honored with two awards for its 1999-2000 production of Conor McPherson's ST NICHOLAS. The Súgán won awards for Outstanding Production by a Local Fringe Company and Outstanding Actor for a Small Company.
The photo shows Carmel O'Reilly, Artistic Director of the Súgán and director of ST NICHOLAS, and Richard McElvain, winner of the Outstanding Actor award.
I.R.N.E. Award for ST. NICHOLAS
Richard McElvain received the award for Best Solo Performance of 1999 from the Independent Reviewers of New England for his performance in ST. NICHOLAS.
Year-End Accolades for The Súgán
The end of 1999 brought many accolades fron the Boston area press for our 1999 productions.
ST NICHOLAS was recognized as one of the top five theater productions of the year by both The Boston Globe and The Boston Phoenix. The Globe's citation read:
Richard McElvain telling Conor McPherson's dark-night-of-the-soul tale of a theater critic (no less) and vampires in St Nicholas in the Súgán Theatre Company's masterful production at the Boston Center for the Arts.AT THE BLACK PIG'S DYKE was listed by the Globe as one of the top small theatre productions of the year.
Bay Windows also listed ST NICHOLAS as one of top theater productions of the year.
Other Noteworthy from the Not Too Distant Past
IRNE Award for 1998
Our September 1998 production of Tom Murphy's CONVERSATIONS ON A HOMECOMING was chosen as the winner of the Best Ensemble Production of 1998 by the Independent Reviewers of New England (I.R.N.E).
Actors in Súgán productions were among the nominees for other 1998 awards by the I.R.N.E:
Carmel O'Reilly for her performance in HAPPY DAYS - Best Actress
Michael Nurse for his performance in ASYLUM! ASYLUM! - Best Supporting Actor
Chris Burke for his performance in ASYLUM! ASYLUM! - Best Supporting Actor
From the Boston Theatre Critics, 1997 Elliot Norton Special Citation for "enriching Boston during the past five years with provocative productions of contemporary Irish and Celtic works".
From the Outer Critics Circle, Best Actress Award for 1997 to Carmel O'Reilly for her portrayal of Lily in THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY.
From the LEF Foundation, grants for THE LEPERS OF BAILE BAISTE, PORTIA COUGHLAN, AT THE BLACK PIG'S DYKE, PERFECT DAYS and ST NICHOLAS.
From the Boston
the Arts, an initial three year residency at the BCA (1998-2001) and