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Deirdre McNamara

DEIRDRE MCNAMARA  

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Deirdre McNamara, playwright, director, photographer, actress,born in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Surrey and Hampshire, England. Mother, grandparents British/British-German, Father Irish. Naturalised US citizen resident in NYC x 30 years. Year 0-1 in Caribbean. 1-10 in beautiful England. Educational evaluation in Hampshire found "literacy equivalent of Oxbridge graduate" in 9 year old Deirdre. First play written age eight. Moved to Ireland age 10 and won academic and dramatic awards. Literary, Math and science prodigy. Miss Ireland/Miss World finalist. Took company class with Bolshoi Ballet. At one time had facility with ten languages. Offered starring contract by Sergio Leone. Has written on terrorists for thirty years. Believes the UK would have been more nurturing. Worked with Sergio Leone, John Huston. Plays produced in NYC, generally close limited runs with SRO audiences. These include the cinematic Hunger Grass, Sweet Dreams, Mistletoe, The Waiting Room, Moon Dance. Latest play is Fourth World. Two more presently in progress. Also writes screenplays and novels. Deirdre is the widow of Broadway actor Dermot McNamara and mother of actor Peter McNamara and dramatist Annaleese McNamara.

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Acts of Contrition     Child of the Crystal Night     Dublin Four     Fourth World     Hunger Grass     Hunger Grass, The     Little Christmas Magic, A     Mercy of Khaled, The     Miracle on the Quays     Mistletoe     Moon Dance     Nine Eleven     No Tears for Thatcher     Oul Fellah, The     Soldier Came Knocking, A     Sweet Dreams     Tropical Fruits     Waiting Room, The



Acts of Contrition

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Woman of faith encounters mentally ill priest

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Child of the Crystal Night

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Childrens' Opera One Act

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Dublin Four

Synopsis:
Two act version of Sweet Dreams

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Black Comedy Comedy

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Fourth World

Synopsis:
play in two acts set in renovated former asylum in Wesht of . . .well. . .somewhere in time. It's on the use of psychiatry to control women in Ireland up to contemporary times

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Hunger Grass

Synopsis:
expanded length version of The Hunger Grass

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N Jersey State Auditorium    -

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Hunger Grass, The

Synopsis:
young couple escape the Famine only to be murdered at US harbour

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Part of Irish Ghost Stories Triolgy - Easter

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Little Christmas Magic, A

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Orphans with cranky aunt find life can improve

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Mercy of Khaled, The

Synopsis:
Priest taken hostage in Middle East with pregnant wife of diplomat. Can he invoke "raheem" in the heart of the ruthless Dr. Khaled.

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Miracle on the Quays

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Son lost to drugs returns home.

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Mistletoe

Synopsis:
poignant Victorian melodrama in Anglo Irish household before 1916

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Part of Irish Ghost Stories Triolgy - Christmas

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Moon Dance

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Nine Eleven

Synopsis:
about the impact of 911 (11/9 in the UK) on the lives of "ordinary" New Yorkers

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40 min One Act

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No Tears for Thatcher

Synopsis:
Nolie Pinter and Limbo Beckett take the esteemed "Baroness Thatcher" hostage in an Irish cottage. Are they for real?

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Farce

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Oul Fellah, The

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The destruction of a family by the illicit "political" activities of its patriarch.

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Soldier Came Knocking, A

Synopsis:
British soldier in NI pays dearly for act of chivalry to daughter of Irish Republican

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Sweet Dreams

Synopsis:
vampire night for Ireland's nouveau riche on the make.

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Part of Irish Ghost Stories Triolgy - Hallowe'en

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Tropical Fruits

Synopsis:
Anglo Irish girl sent to bizarre relatives in West Indies

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Waiting Room, The

Synopsis:
Elia Kazan's wife compared it to "Sartre," others to Pinter

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