Past Shows


On April 18, 19 and 20, 2014, Poor Mouth Theatre Company brought Steven Smallhorne's hilarious satire THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER to Arlene's Grocery on New York's Lower East Side. Produced by Dermot Burke and directed by Maria Fitzpatrick, the cast featured Conor McManus, Bronagh Harmon, and Andy Fitzpatrick. 


On Dec 19, 21 and 22, 2014, Poor Mouth Theatre Company and Riverdale Rising Starts presented the Bronx's first ever all-new original traditional pantomime SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS at the Riverdale YM/YWHA. Holiday fun for all the family, this show was a wonderful success, which we hope will now become an annual event!


On Oct 26 and 27, Poor Mouth Theatre Company presented THE CURE  by Conal Creedon, featuring Michael Mellamphy (winner Best Actor 1st Irish Festival 2013) and directed by Tim Ruddy. The Cure is set at the height of Ireland's boomtime, "The Celtic Tiger". It takes us on a hilarious and heart-rending early-morning journey through the streets of Cork City, as our narrator waits anxiously for the pubs to open.


On April 24, May 4 & 5, 2013, Poor Mouth Theatre Company presented BENEATH THE SHEETS, a hilarious new comedy by Janice Young, featuring Pat Harper, Jordan Laks, Keith McDermott, Marissa Penta Caitlin Seward and Janice Young. Partial proceeds from the show went to Just Strays, Inc.


On April 25, 2013, Poor Mouth Theatre Company continued its mission to bring theatre to all corners of the Bronx by presenting BOYS SWAM BEFORE ME by Seamus Scanlan, as part of Artists Without Walls' multicultural event at Lehman College, featuring Katherine O'Sullivan and Paul Nugent, and directed by Don Creedon. Poor Mouth would like to thank Charles R. Hale of Artists Without Walls for inviting us to participate in this wonderful event.


On March 23 & 24, 2013, Poor Mouth presented PUTTIN' ON YOUR SHORTS 5, another great night of all-new original short plays, with the following lineup:  CAMPAIGN STRATEGY - written and directed by Stephen Smallhorne, featuring Ben Becher and Conor McManus; APERTURE - written and directed by Kevin Smyth, featuring Dan Stern and Hal Smyth; KILL THE BID - written and directed by Brendan Kennellan, featuring Brendan Connellan and Mat Shapiro; A MEAN EYE - written and performed by Louise Graham, directed by Don Creedon; BOYS SWAM BEFORE ME - written by Seamus Scanlan and directed by Don Creedon, featuring Katherine O'Sullivan and Paul Nugent; SONG FOR MIRANDA LAMBERT written, directed and performed by Pam Tate and Robin Rich.


On January 19 & 20, 2013, Poor Mouth presented Brona Crehan's new play PILLOW ON THE STAIRSdirected by Don Creedon and featuring Brona Crehan, Johnnie McConnell and Jacqueline Kealy.

On December 15, 2012, Poor Mouth presented a staged reading of Conor McPhearson's classic holiday play THE SEAFARER, directed by Scott Kennedy and featuring Joan Lunoe, Don Creedon, Larry Lowry, Conor McManus, David O'Hara and Julian Gamble.

On July 25 and 26, 2012, Poor Mouth presented GET A ROOM!, the acclaimed new play from Anto Nolan, featuring Nicola Murphy. En route to the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival (Sept/Oct 2012), Get a Room is part of a four part series of one-act plays written by Anto, which includes Dirty Money, The Handler and A Lady is Waiting. Watch out for further installments of this series from one of Dublin's great actor/director/playwrights.  


On March 28, 29, and 31, 2012, Poor Mouth presented PUTTIN' ON YOUR SHORTS 4, another great night of all-new original short plays, with the following lineup:  EDDIE - written and directed by Nancy Finn, featuring Joan Lunoe; HELP WANTED - written and directed by Pam Tate, featuring Pamela Trantham, Kevin Higgins, and Jess Heron; SHE JUST LEFT - written and directed by Janice Young, featuring Jordan Laks, Peter Mountford, and Caitlin Seward; COMFORT AND JOY - written by Brona Crehan, directed by Don Creedon, featuring Lawrence Lowry; OUTTAKES - written and directed by Stephen Smallhorne, featuring Stephen Smallhorne, Bronagh Harmon, and Tony Caffrey.


On Saturday, February 26, 2012, Poor Mouth presented its second annual 24 HOUR THEATRE FESTIVAL. Six writers met on Friday, February 25, at 9:00 pm. Each was given a topic and a selection of actors. They then had 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse and perform a ten minute play, the following night.


Continuing our mission to bring theater to unlikely locations, in February 2012, Poor Mouth presented the world premier of SPUDMUNCHERS in Rory Dolan's bar on McLean Avenue in the Bronx.  Written and directed by Colin Broderick, renowned author and Poor Mouth founding member, Spudmunchers is the story of two Irish brothers, living together in a one-bedroom apartment in the Irish enclave of Woodlawn, the Bronx.


Poor Mouth Theatre Company was delighted to welcome The Riverdale Y's production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the perfect holiday show, on Friday, December 23, 2011.  Seven actors brought George Bailey, Mary, the angel Clarence and the townspeople of Bedford Falls to life, playing dozens of characters and performing all the sound effects, just as they did during the golden age of radio. Featuring Arianne DeCerb, Gregory Kanter, Drew Lewis, Danny Mejia, Emily Walton, Annette Wilson, Chris Wilson, with Bob Walton on piano!


On December 8, 10 and 11, 2011, Poor Mouth presented COMMUNITY THEATRE, an all-new, original comedy by Riverdale native, Janice Young. Community Theatre is the story of Jack Applegate, amateur theatre director extraordinaire! There is a fine line between dream and delusion and Jack has been straddling it for twenty years, much to the dismay of his long-suffering mother, Gladys.  Will Jack finally listen to his mother and settle down to a 9-5 lifestyle or will his latest theatrical venture drive them both over the edge?  Written and Directed by Janice Young, this show featured Terence Patrick Dover, Marilyn Raider, Peter Mountford, Jordan Laks and Caitlin Seward.  Partial proceeds went to benefit building a bigger and better animal shelter in Yonkers


In association with Riverdale Repertory Company, Poor Mouth Theatre Company proudly presented THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Martin McDonagh's masterwork of claustrophobia and entrapment at Riverdale YM-YWHA in November, 2011. Set in the Irish village of LeenaneConnemara, this play had it all - black comedy, melodrama, horror and bleak tragedy.  Directed by Don Creedon, with incredible performances by Bronagh Harmon, Katherine O'Sullivan, David O'Hara and Johnny Kealy, this production was an instant classic that will be talked about for years!


Poor Mouth's presented a special performance of THE PARTING GLASS, presented on July 24, 2011.  Straight from a national tour of Ireland, Dermot Bolger's highly acclaimed new play starred Abbey Theatre veteran Ray Yeats as a returning Irish expat who bears witness to his country's stunning reversal of fortune.



Poor Mouth presented THE SALOON SINGER, Chris Campions hilarious new music, storytelling, and multimedia driven show, on June 29 and 30, 2011. Chris Campion is the lead singer of the Knockout Drops and author of Escape from Belleview - A Rock 'n Roll Odyssey.


PUTTIN' ON YOUR SHORTS 3 was produced by Scott Kennedy, on March 23 and 24, 2011 - five original, short plays. The lineup was as follows:
MATINEE DAY - written and directed by Joan Lunoe, featuring Beth Roby and Joan Lunoe; FEAR OF ZOMBIES - written by Craig Jesson, directed by Scott Kennedy, featuring Lauren Drew, Mark Erickson, Caitlin Seward, and Raphael Rosenbaum; MAN ON BRIDGE WITH BOOK - written by Stan Peal, directed by Allison Martin, featuring Hugh Davies, Allison Martin, Kelsey Formost, and Camille Dewing; PROVERBS - written by Charlene Donaghy, directed by Paul Revaz, featuring Keith Paul, Jamal Ford-Bey and Jane Coughlin; SOCIAL BINDING - written and directed by Janice Young, featuring Steve Oates, Clare Donnelly, J.R. Burris and Janice Young.


On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Poor Mouth produced it's first ever night of 24 HOUR THEATRE.  Six writers met on Friday, 25th February, 2011. Each was given a topic and a number of actors. They had 24 hours to write, rehearse and produce a ten minute play and perform it at 8 pm on the following night, 26th February. The result was a wonderful night of hilarity and theater never to be repeated (obviously!).


Poor Mouth Theatre kicked off 2011 with a reprisal of SWANSONG written by Conor McDermottroe and performed by Tim Ruddy on January 20, 2011. (for production details, see our September 2010 show below).


On December 1 and 2, 2010, Poor Mouth presented the critically acclaimed play THE SCAVENGER'S DAUGHTER written and performed by Irish-Canadian Colm Magner. "Brutal, poetic, darkly funny...and very Irish".


Following the great success of last season's Puttin' On Your Shorts, Poor Mouth proudly presented PUTTIN' ON YOUR SHORTS 2 on October 27 and 28, 2010 - five all-new, all-original, short plays, including works by first-time authors and graduates of Poor Mouth Theatre's Spring 2010 writing workshop. The lineup:

EVERYTHING MUST GO - written by Jamie Budge Gehman and directed by Colin Broderick, featuring Jamie Budge Gehman, Gordon Tashijan, Chrissie Penna, and Nandanie Dudhnath; UNTITLED MONOLOGUE - written, directed and performed by Chris Campion; BILL'S ARC - written and directed by Scott Kennedy, performed by Steve Oates, Jonna McElrath, Beth Roby, Bronagh Harmon, Julian Gamble; CHRIST IS THE ANSWER...BUT WHAT IS THE QUESTION? - written, directed and performed by Bill Rutkoski; THE BIG FIVE O, written by Janice Young, directed by Don Creedon, featuring Laurence Lowry, Ciaran Byrne, Andy Fitzpatrick, and Conor McManus.


On September 16, 2010, Poor Mouth Theatre Company's presented a charity benefit performance of  SWANSONG written by Conor McDermottroe and performed by Tim Ruddy. A bruising picture of life in the west of Ireland, SwanSong is the story of Austin 'Occi' Byrne, who brings us on the roller-coaster ride of his life. "...performed with a blistering intensity by Tim Ruddy, the play is a fast, furious ride through societal dysfunction in the west of Ireland. Skilled, focused and whip smart his performance is one of the strongest witnessed on a New York stage" - The Irish Voice.



Poor Mouth Theatre Company received the Audience Award for Best Play at the 1st Irish 2010 Theatre Festival for its "site specific" production of GUY WALKS INTO A BAR at Ryan's Daughter Bar on New York's upper east side, running from September 22 to October 2, 2010.



On September 8 and 9, 2010 Poor Mouth produced the US premiere of Dermot Bolger's THE HOLY GROUND directed by Don Creedon, performed by Katherine O'Sullivan. After decades of marriage to a man who grew increasingly cruel and distant, Monica now clears out her past and finally begins to stand up for herself. Written by award-winning Dublin playwright Dermot Bolger and performed by Katherine O’Sullivan, best actress nominee, 1st Irish Festival 2009. “A tour de force...stream of consciousness theatre at its best.” - The Sunday Press (Ireland).


In April 2010, Poor Mouth Theatre Company presented the world premiere of Don Creedon's GUY WALKS INTO A BARfeaturing Walter Michael DeForest, Bill Rutkoski and Wayne Stills. Cahir O'Doherty of The Irish Voice described it as a "a subtle and bitingly funny satire that holds the mirror up to male vanity." (full reviewShow Business Weekly said "Don Creedon has a spot-on understanding of the dark side of looking for love and has found just the right actors to deliver his message." (full review)



Poor Mouth's inaugural production, PUTTIN' ON YOUR SHORTS, an evening of short plays, presented on March 13, 2010, was hailed as "some of the smartest and most hilarious new Irish writing seen onstage anywhere in recent years." Further, one critic declared that "Poor Mouth has lifted the lid on the creativity that's been without a home in Riverdale for far too long" (Cahir O'Doherty - The Irish Voice - full review). The following plays made up this auspicious beginning:

CELTIC TIGER WAKE - written and directed by Don Creedon, featuring John Redmond, Andy Fitzpatrick and Conor McManus; THE ACTRESS - written by Sara McDermott, directed by Tim Ruddy, featuring Nicola Murphy; SHACKLED - written and directed by Don Creedon, featuring Katherine O'Sullivan, Bronagh Harmon and Andy Fitzpatrick; TURNSTILES - written by Liz Amberly, directed by Carrie Isaacman, featuring Amanda Sayle and Liz Forst; THAT’S THAT - written by Colin Broderick, featuring Colin Broderick; PEARLY GATES, written by Stephen Smallhorne, directed by Don Creedon, featuring Stephen Smallhorne, Conor McManus and Tony Caffrey.


Photos - Sharon Ma