Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre
September 8 & 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30pm; September 10 & 17 at 3:00pm
at the Marlene Boll Theatre, 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit
[inside the YMCA]
All performances are general admission. Reserved seats are just $20.
All other seats (walk-ups) are “pay-what-you-can.” Those who buy reserved seats are encouraged and invited to gift us something extra at the theatre.
Come On Home
a play by leading Irish playwright Phillip McMahon, which premiered
at the historic Abbey Theatre in Dublin in the summer of 2018
Produced by David Kiley. Directed by Jade Sibert
The death of his mother brings Michael (John DeMerell) back to his native small town after a long absence and he resumes his uneasy relationship with his brothers, feckless Ray (Jordan James Hayes) and aggressive Brian (David Kiley). As he hesitantly re-engages with his siblings and their respective partners, unfulfilled Aoife (Kara O’Connor)) and sharp-tongued Martina (Sarah Burcon), he is obliged to confront the frustrations of the present and, inevitably, the ghosts of the past. Chief among these are the circumstances that prompted Michael to leave home for life in London as a gay man.
Also featuring Ben Feliciano as Father Aidan and Peter Knox as Father Seamus
Artistic Founder David Kiley: “Many an Irish play dealing with serious or even tragic themes end on a somewhat dark note. The Irish are a people of depression, and grudges. The literature can often drift to hopelessness. Not this play. McMahon deals with one of the greatest tragedies of our time, but in a way that offers a broad ray of hope for anyone affected by the scandal. It’s funny and poignant, revealing and authentic.”
Why did we make the tickets so cheap or pay-what-you-can?
“This is an important, powerful and hopeful play and we did not want there to be any economic barrier for people impacted by the tragedy of sexual assault to see it.”—David Kiley
About the 2018 premiere:
Broadway World: “It is inexplicable that a play with such somber overtones can be so tremendously life-affirming and funny. It would be insensitive to call it a comedy but I will share that the audience (including myself) laughed uproariously throughout. And somewhat paradoxically given the title, “Come on Home” is about fresh starts and
The Irish Times: “As a writer and director, Phillip McMahon is one of the most imaginative and astute chroniclers of contemporary Ireland.”
The Michigan Irish Rep is looking for sponsors for this production
and our future productions.
Sponsorships are $350 each.
Your business will be featured in the program, at the entrance to the theatre and thanks at each curtain speech. Featured on our website and Facebook posts, and thanked during interviews we do to publicize the show in the media and in our own podcast. Each sponsor also gets four reserved VIP tickets to the show on any night of their choosing.
Support for The Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre are tax deductible as we are a 501c3 tax exempt