Clan na Gael Players

Clan na Gael Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This year we celebrate 30 years of  presenting plays by or about the Irish, as well as 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.

You are warmly invited to come Play with us! We are an open and welcoming group, are we love getting new people involved.

2017 One Act Playwriting Contest

The Clan na Gael is excited to once again sponsor its One Act Playwright Contest beginning March 15th, 2017 and running through August 15th, 2017. The purpose of the contest is to support and encourage emerging playwrights and to provide a stage for scripts that might not otherwise find one. Playwrights of all ages are encouraged to enter.

7th Annual Clan na Gael Playwright Contest

For more information contact: Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070 or Naoneil@charter.net.

2016 One Act Play Winners

The Clan Na Gael invites everyone to come to the club Sunday Feb 12th at 1pm for an entertaining afternoon of the Reading of the Winning Plays from the 2016 One Act Playwright Contest. After the Reading, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play-writing process with the playwrights.  The winning plays are:

  • A Chance Meeting – Written by Alison Flannery and directed    by Nancy O’Neil
  • Spiritual Counseling – Written by Jack Rushen and directed by Kelsey Guggenheim
  • Heroes – Written by Griffin Reidy and directed by Eamon Speer

The Readings are free to all and refreshments will be served.

History

The Clan na Gael Players had a humble beginning in 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, Clan na Gael has gone on the road to perform elsewhere – civic groups, fundraisers, pubs, schools and libraries. We have toured plays in Ireland twice, in Counties Kerry and Clare, in 2009 and 2016.

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 and unknown, are all parts of Clan na Gael.

To all, thank you for supporting Clan na Gael! We look forward to continuing our stated purpose 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!

For more information, please contact Peggy O’Leary at opeggy0@gmail.com.