Theatre

THISISPOPBABY: RIOT

The jaw-dropping theatrical phenomenon comes to America

Details

$40-65 ($15 for NYU students)
Date(s)

Feb 15 – Feb 17

7:30pm

Contact

NYU Skirball Center Box Office
888.611.8183


Location

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Overview

The New York Times review by Ben Brantley: “Boogie on down [to this] popular retro-disco-circus protest"


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Co-presented by Irish Arts Center and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

A THISISPOPBABY production 
Created & directed by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon
Composed by Alma Kelliher
With original text by Emmet Kirwan and Panti
Additional text by Michael Harding
Designed by Niall Sweeney
Costume design by James David Seaver
Lighting design by Mark Galione
Movement direction by Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding



"Sensational"
 —The Irish Times



The jaw-dropping theatrical phenomenon makes its U.S. debut! RIOT, which broke box office records and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival, will set hearts soaring and pulses racing during a very limited run this February at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 

A disorderly cocktail of wild theatre, gut-punching spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and eye-popping circus, RIOT is your big night out, infusing the magic of theatre with the excitement of variety and the energy of the dance floor. It is both party and politic, a love letter of hope to the future, a state-of-the-nation clarion call, and both celebration and blunt criticism of the world today.

The all-star cast features Queen of Ireland Panti (The Ringmaster); Dublin Oldschool and Heartbreak’s Emmet Kirwan (Street Corner Poet); Up & Over It (The Ninjas); Lords of Strut (The Clowns); Ronan Brady (The Strongman); and Alma Kelliher, Nicola Kavanagh, Adam Matthews, and Once The Musical’s Megan Riordan (The Sirens); with frocks by James David Seaver and set design by Niall Sweeney.



ANNOUNCING SPECIAL GUESTS:

February 15: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh
February 16: drag sensation Lady Bunny
February 17: poet and activist Caridad de la Luz / La Bruja



"★★★★★ While the performers are all excellent, the strength of this show is how it makes its audience feel. I walked out believing change is possible, believing that I can make a difference in the world." —entertainment.ie 

"★★★★★ Gorgeous, with glitter on top" The Daily Mail

"★★★★★ The poster clearly states – RIOT is thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and unique…this doesn’t even come close" The Sunday World

"Thrilling, hilarious, joyous and well, riotous!" —Hot Press



Originally co-produced by Dublin Fringe Festival and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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RIOT is also supported by the Nancy Malone Living Trust.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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