Love or status? Passion or Acceptance? Rebellion or Conformity?

Aris presents a staged reading of a lost treasure of Irish theatre: KATIE ROCHE by Teresa Deevy. Directed by Amanda Brooks.

In 1930’s Ireland, women didn’t have a lot of choices about their lives. Women without family had even fewer. For a spirited, curious, passionate woman – born out of wedlock to a beautiful, but inconsequential, mother and an unknown father– opportunities for a life of meaning, a good marriage to a respectable man, and a chance to explore all that life has to offer were virtually nonexistent.

Katie Roche is just such a woman, trapped by the social mores of the age and wholly dependent on the generosity of others. But, as she is entering her womanhood, her bright spirit and beauty begin to captivate those around her and she is suddenly faced with a choice – does she follow her heart and marry the boy she loves, or does she accept the proposal of a much older man who can give her a place in society?

Directed by Aris member Amanda Brooks, the cast features:

  • Katie Roche..........Sophie Edwards Ekstrom
  • Stanislaus Gregg.....Edwin Ashurst
  • Michael Maguire......Jacob York
  • Amelia Gregg.........Kathleen McManus
  • Margaret Drybone.....Rachel Fowler*
  • Frank Lawlor.........Kyle Crew
  • Jo Mahoney...........Matthew Welch
  • Reuben...............Eric Brooks
  • * Member of Actor's Equity Association

The reading will be staged for ONE PERFORMANCE only, August 1, 2016 at the Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

Dates & Times: August 1, 2016

Performance is on
Monday at 7:30pm
Tickets: Tickets are $10
Performance Space: Stage Door Players
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
For directions, visit Stage Door Players.

August 1
Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy
Staged Reading Series
We are proud to present this drama by an important, and almost forgotten, Irish playwright. Teresa Deevy’s plays were extremely popular at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in the 1930’s, and this story about a vivacious, seductive woman without a family was her greatest success. An Atlanta premiere.

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The Weir by Conor McPherson

As the days get colder and the nights get darker, what could be better than a good ghost story? Join us for an evening in a lonely pub, where the drink flows and the talk turns to tales of terror.

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And as always, you can also catch us at the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend, at IrishFest in November, and in Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas in December.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Arís, Inc. and mailed to 6377 Hawthorne Terrace, Norcross, GA 30092.

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Our mission is to explore, teach, promote and present the traditions and artistry of Celtic culture (Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English) through theatre, music, dance, storytelling and literature in a way that is innovative, exciting and inclusive.

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