McGoldrick’s Thread By Marianne Driscoll
Marianne Driscoll and Eliot Riskin
Marianne Driscoll – Marianne has been creating images and stories her entire life. After 9 years copywriting at John Blair Marketing and Publisher’s Clearing House, Marianne turned to professional photography, running her own portrait studio, as well as documenting numerous events on film, both in the U.S and abroad. Her experience, history, writing ability and passion for family, have now all melded to create McGoldrick’s Thread…and, as you can well imagine, tending bar at Jimmy Walker’s didn’t hurt her knack for Irish storytelling, either. Marianne is proud to be a resident artist at The Cell.
Eliot Riskin – Eliot worked for thirty-some years at BBDO New York creating advertising for, among others, the Visa, Snickers, Lowe’s and Pizza Hut accounts. While there, he wrote numerous award-winning commercials, along with at least as many excruciatingly bad ones. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Bonnie, and his daughter, Jenny.
Ronnie D’Addario – Ronnie’s credits include an appearance on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, TV commercial jingles, and six PBS shows with Tommy Makem (where he performed with Judy Collins and Eric Weissberg of “Dueling Banjos” fame). He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guinness Fleadh at Randall’s Island, Lisner Auditorium, Wash. DC, and Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester, MA. Ronnie also produced the album, “Live At the Irish Pavilion,” a favorite among Makem fans, and has produced several other artists, including Morning Star, Mary O’Dowd, Danny Quinn, and The Irish Mist. His song, “Falling for Love,” was recorded by The Carpenters in 1981. Ronnie has two albums out, “Time Will Tell On You” and “God’s Won Me Over.” Ronnie plays in the classic rock band, “The Rock Club.” He is currently working on a brand new album entitled, “A Very Short Dream.”
Kira Simring – Kira has been a professional director for 15 years. She is the Artistic Director of the cell, A Twenty First Century Salon, which she created with Founding Artistic Director Nancy Manocherian as an incubator for new works. Aside from directing extensively at the beautiful cell venue in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, Kira has directed plays in Theatre Row’s Acorn and Kirk Theatres, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, The Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, The Actors Studio, The Midtown International Theatre Festival, CenterStage in Baltimore, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New Village Arts in San Diego, and LunaSea Theatre in San Francisco. Kira collaborates closely with writers to develop and manifest their work. Currently, she is working with writers Marianne Driscoll, Patrick Fenton, Amina Henry, Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly, Larry Kirwan, Nancy Manocherian and Seamus Scanlon. Kira received her BA in Anthropology from Smith College and her MFA in Directing (Schubert Fellow) from New School University.
Dance Choreographers and Cast Members ~
Jason Oremus – Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Hammerstep Initiative –
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jason won 5 consecutive State and National Solo Irish dancing titles from 1999-2003. He also performed in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony at just 15 years of age. In early 2004, Jason joined the world famous Riverdance and went on to star as the lead role. Jason has performed with Riverdance over a six-year period in over 25 countries. Jason has recently been developing a new concept of Irish dance that attempts to break the barriers and traditional restraints that have been placed on this engaging art form.
Garrett Coleman – Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Hammerstep Initiative –
Garrett has toured professionally with Riverdance and Trinity Irish Dance Company and has performed with various other groups, including Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftans, Eileen Ivers, Gaelic Storm, Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, David Dorfman of NYC, and Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre. In addition to Irish Step, Garrett has trained in hip hop, tap, and contemporary movement. Competitively, Garrett was named the two-time World Champion (2004, 2005) and All Ireland Champion (2004). He is also a nine-time Mid-American Champion and has held the North American title six times. In 2006, he was a silver medalist and scholarship winner with the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In June of 2006, he met President Bush at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Dance Music Composer ~
Patrick Mangan – Fiddler Patrick Mangan is a two-time All-Ireland champion, studied with renowned player and teacher, Brian Conway and mentored by the late Sligo fiddle legends Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. At sixteen, Patrick appeared in Riverdance on Broadway, becoming the youngest fiddle player in the show’s history. Since then, he has performed with Riverdance at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe, as a featured soloist from 2006 through the present. He has dazzled audiences across the US, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. He has also toured with Celtic music luminaries John Whelan and Cathie Ryan.
The Production Team ~
Incubated @ the cell, A Twenty First Century Salon
A Very Special thank you to Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director of The Cell ~ who took this play under her wing and gave it a warm, nurturing environment to blossom into this wonderful creation!
Nancy is a lyricist, playwright and producer. Writing credit include: Sin!; Rio, a Brazilian musical novella (Theatre for the New City); and Dinner and Delusion, an opera co-written with composer Michael Sahl (The Center for Contemporary Opera/New York city Opera’s VOX Festival). Her passion is for the arts and her dream is the cell, a 21st century salon.
Executive Producer – Man Behind the Curtain Productions
Man Behind the Curtain is a 9-time Emmy Award winning production company with over 25 years of experience working in broadcast television and has partnered with some of the industry’s best to create programming for clients such as HBO, NBC sports, CBS Sports, The Food Network and ESPN.
General Manager – Leah S. Abrams – Leah is the co-founder and executive director of The Custom Made Theatre Company, based in San Francisco, where she has produced over 50 plays, including the BATCC Award-winning The Play About the Baby, A Bright Room Called Day, and the world premiere of Little Brother (American Theatre Critics Association’s ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award nominee). She manages Custom Made’s New York branch, collaborating with the cell on the Plays-in-Process series and on productions including the upcoming Sightlines which she’ll also be directing (Nov. 2013). Directing credits include Sightlines, The Diary of Anne Frank, Two Rooms, and countless Beckett shorts (Footfalls, Rockaby, Krapp’s Last Tape, etc.)
Assistant Stage Manager
Irish Dance Dress Designers/Creators – Mary Collins and Danielle O’Leary
Dream Dance Costume Artwork Designed and Painted by Jane Rubinstein
Theatre 80 ST.MARKS – Historical Theatre 80 ST.MARKS is in the heart of the East Village. Many new actors and musicians got their start at Theatre 80. Frank Sinarta performed there in his early years and Billy Crystal was an usher at Theatre 80! It was also visited by a host of great names in theater, many of whom left their names, foot and hand prints in the cement out front on the sidewalk. A partial list includes Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Winnie Shaw, Fifi D’Orsay and recently, Joan Rivers.
Our Dancers Are From The Following Prestigious Dance Schools ~
The Hagen-Kavangh School of Irish Dance
Donny Golden School of Irish Dance
MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance
An Rince More School of Irish Dance
Petri School of Irish Dance
A Very Special Thank You ~
To Jean Hagen Duffy who has been there from the start ~ Offering her help, knowledge, spirit and creativity every step of the way!!!
And to everyone at the Hagen-Kavangh School of Irish Dance ~ You are always an inspiration!!!