Irish Players

Irish Players of Rochester

The Irish Players of Rochester is a program of the Rochester Community Players, founded in 1997 by Peter Scribner. The program presents one play each spring of Irish or Irish-American playwrights. After performing locally, we take our production ‘on the road’ to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival (AIITF). In recent years, our Irish Players program has performed in Florida, Chicago, and Milwaukee, as well as in Canada in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal and in Dublin, Ireland. In 2008, we hosted the AIITF in Rochester, and are hosting again in 2017.

Upcoming Productions:

Spring 2017:

Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel
Directed by Jean Gordon Ryon
March 31–April 9, 2017 at MuCCC

Encore performance Tuesday, May 9 at 8pm at the Fielding Stage at the Geva Theatre Center, as part of the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.

Recent productions:

March 2016:

The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson
Directed by Jean Gordon Ryon
March 18–27, 2016 at MuCCC

Featuring Tom Bigongiari, Ken Dauer, Mark John Donahue, John R. Jaeger, and Gregory Ludek.

Review in Rochester City Newspaper.

March 2015:

The Field, by John B. Keane
Directed by Jean Gordon Ryon
March 2015 at MuCCC

The cast for The Field was:

Leamy: Kiefer Shenk
Bird: Marty Brancato
Mick: Ken Dauer
Maggie: Barbara Lobb
Maimie: Kathy Dauer
Bull: Bill Alden
Tadhg: Tyler Lucero
Sergeant Leahy: Matt Ames
William Dee: Greg Ludek
Dandy McCabe: John Jaeger
Mrs. McCabe: Karen Mason
Father Murphy: Robert Shea

Review in Rochester City Newspaper.

March 2014:

Shining City, by Conor McPherson
Directed by Jean Gordon Ryon
March 14-29, 2014 at  MuCCC

The cast for Shining City was:

Ian: Ken Dauer
John: Bill Alden
Neasa: Shawnda Urie
Lawrence: Patrick Best

At the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival, held at the Art Garage in Delray Beach, Florida, May 21, 2014. Ours was one of three productions nominated for best production at the festival, and our Bill Alden, playing John, received the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role.

Review in Rochester City Newspaper.

March 2013:

Is Life Worth Living? by Lennox Robinson
Directed by Jean Gordon Ryon
March 2013 at MuCCC

The cast for Is Life Worth Living? was:

Lizzie: Kathy Rivers
Helena: Kate Sherman
Eddie: Edward Coomber
John: Morey Fazzi
Constance: Kathy Dauer
Hector: Greg Ludek
Annie: Stephanie Roosa
Peter: Ken Dauer
Michael: Marty Brancato
Mr. Hegarty: Tony Eckel
Slattery: Andrew Cowen
Mooney: Don Bartalo
Christine: Virginia Monte