Clan na Gael Players

The Clan na Gael Players had a humble beginning in November of 1987. Cardboard sets, lights in tin cans, folks dragged in from the bar to play a part! Ahh, but the audience enthusiasm towards this raggle-taggle group—that’s what made the Clan na Gael Players! In addition to performing live theatre at the Gaelic-American Club and the Fairfield County Irish Festival, Clan na Gael has gone on the road to perform elsewhere, including civic group fundraisers and libraries and in Co.’s Kerry and Clare, Ireland in 2009. From the pens of such well-known playwrights as O’Casey, Gregory, and Keane, have come several CnG productions. Equally, we point with pride to the premier productions where we have been privileged to work with playwrights in the creation of their work. Comedy, Drama, Music, Song, Dance, Well known, Unknown; all parts of Clan na Gael. We’ve spent more than 25 years improving our craft both on and behind the stage. Hundreds of kids and adults have been involved in the fun and excitement of “putting on a show”; each production brings forth new actors and production staff. Each performance brings the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from being a part of the CnG team. To all, thank you for supporting Clan na Gael! We look forward to continuing our goal of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We hope you will continue to enjoy them as much as we enjoy presenting them to you. Break-a-Leg!

The Plough and The Stars

The Clan na Gael is pleased to announce the cast  of their fall production of Sean O’Casey’s drama of the 1916 uprising, The Plough and The Stars,  Directed by Peg O’Leary.The Cast: Mathew  Apgar , Steven Bennett , Patty Brady, Eileen Fickes , Allison Flaherty,, Kelsey Guggenheim, Nick Kay, Ann Mcquire, Noel McGovern , John Moran, David  Pirrie, Griffin Reidy, Eamon Speer, Marie Sthele and Byrne White.

Production Dates: Nov. 19, 20,21 & 22.

For Reservations: via email Cngplays@gmail.com or phone 203-333-4736.

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The Mating Season

The Clan na Gael Players are in production with Sam Cree’s The Mating Season. The action takes place in the living room of Sidney Gillespie, a widower. It looks like Sidney has found a prospective wife and is giddy with happiness! But, of course, there are problems upon problems. Mrs. Jamieson, his housekeeper, is not happy with his choice of the pushy Stella Morley, or her spoiled, smart-mouthed daughter, Vanessa, who want to make changes in Sid’s household – plans that include Sid moving his sons Mervyn and Robin, as well as his brother-inlaw Fred out, and eliminating the housekeeper’s job, before she and her daughter move in. Sid’s attempts to placate her demands include dealing with his son’s girlfriends, Barbara and Helga, both of whom completely misinterpret his interest in them. Then there is his brother-in-law, Fred and Fred’s sweetheart, of many years ago, Violet! Misunderstandings, confusion, spying, lying, twists and turns fill the room before the dust settles on a final resolution. It’s all in good fun … the audience will be laughing out loud as the action moves quickly along. Show dates are April 9, 10, 11 & 12.

Producer: Marie Stehle; Director: Peg O’Leary;  Production Stage Manager: Mary Carberry. Cast: Steve Bennett, Breda O’Sullivan, Noel McGovern, Mat Apgar, Eamon Speer, Joyce Fox, Kelsey Gugginheim, Tracy James, Avery Bebon, Bette Gugginheim.

$15 Cabaret Style Seating.  For Reservations: 203-873-6556 or cngplays@gmail.com

One Act Playwright Contest

Clan na Gael announces its 5th annual Playwright Contest, which begins February 15th and runs through July 15th. The contest is open to all ages; complete rules and entry forms will be available in the Club lobby on the green table. For further information, please contact Nancy O’Neil at naoneil@charter.net or (203) 377-1070.