Playwright Marina Carr: Public Reading


Location: Snite Museum of Art

Acclaimed Irish playwright Marina Carr will launch the Keough-Naughton Institute's Fall 2019 Speakers and Public Talks Series with a reading at  4:00 p.m. in the galleries of "Looking at the Stars,a new exhibition of Irish art at the Snite Museum of Art.  After her reading all are welcome to attend a reception, jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Snite Museum and the Keough-Naughton Institute. 

Ms. Carr, a lecturer in English at Dublin City University, will be in residence at the Keough-Naughton Institute for two weeks in early September.

Her previous associations with the Institute include the summer 2016 IRISH seminar, directed by Isabelle Torrance. Then, at the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, she delivered a Madden-Rooney public lecture on "Classical Influences" and spoke to students the next day about The Oresteia and her play, Ariel. Last summerMs. Carr was a master instructor at Notre Dame's creative writing course held at Kylemore.

MariannecarrMarina Carr, Kylemore

Her public reading on the Notre Dame campus will mark the opening of the Snite Museum of Art's new exhibit: "Looking at the Stars": Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame.

Additional events around her visit include:

- A roundtable on her work on Tuesday, September 3, 5:00 p.m. in Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls featuring three Notre Dame faculty members:

     Anne Garcia-Romero, Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

    Susan Cannon Harris, Professor, English

    Joyelle McSweeney, Professor of English and Director, Creative Writing Program

During her residency, Ms. Carr will also meet with Notre Dame faculty and students in and outside of classes.


Marina Carr’s plays to date are Ullaloo,1989; Low in the Dark, 1991; The Mai, 1994; Portia Coughlan, 1996; By the Bog of Cats, 1998; On Raftery's Hill, 1999; Ariel, 2000; Woman and Scarecrow, 2004; The Cordelia Dream, 2006; Marble, 2007; 16 Possible Glimpses, 2009.  Her two plays for children are Meat and Salt, 2003 and The Giant Blue Hand, 2004.  The RSC produced the world premiere of her reimagining of Hecuba at the Swan Theatre in September 2015, and in August 2015 the Abbey Theatre produced a major revival of By the Bog of Cats. Her reimagining of Anna Karenina played for two months in the Abbey Theatre’s main house, finishing at the end of January 2017.  Carr's new version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding will be produced at the Young Vic in Autumn 2019.

Her work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, The MacCarter Theatre, San Diego Rep, Milwaukee rep.

She is translated into many languages and produced around the world.

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Prizes include Windham-Campbell Prize 2017 for her body of work; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The American/Ireland Fund Award, the E.M. Forster Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, The Macaulay Fellowship, and the Puterbaugh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdana. 

She has taught at Trinity College, at Villanova University, and at Princeton University. 

She is published by The Gallery Press, Nick Hern Books, and Faber & Faber.