Staged readings of a new play – Maura Dunne by Aidan Parkinson.
Aidan Parkinson is a playwright, an actor and a novelist. The Newton Nomadic Theater will be hosting a staged reading of his new play, Maura Dunne – directed by John Quinn.
A political war, a teenager, a gun, a grieving mother, a prisoner … and the meaning of forgiveness.
Dublin. 1970. British troops have been occupying Northern Ireland for one year. The Civil Rights movement is in full swing. The Irish Republican Army is splintering into groups who are killing each other. It’s the beginning of The Troubles. In the midst of all this, Maura Dunne, a Sinn Fein activist, sets out to adopt the killer of her fourteen-year-old son. It looks plausible until Matt — a petty thief wielding a romantic rhetoric of liberation and violence — throws a spanner in the works.
Join the writer, director, and actors after the performances for Q/A and a discussion about the journey that each script makes from the writer’s mind, to the printed page, and on to the stage.