I Hear You and Rejoice & The Man in the Woman's Shoes

Mikel Murfi's "astonishing" (New York Times) companion pieces in rotating rep


$40 general / $32 members

Sep 12, 2018 – Oct 21, 2018


Box Office

10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Written and performed by Mikel Murfi.

In I Hear You and Rejoice (US premiere) and The Man in the Woman’s Shoes (back by popular demand), the "astonishing" Mikel Murfi (New York Times) brings to life the characters of a bustling Irish town through the story of its two most disparate residents: the bashful, solitary cobbler Pat Farnon, and the indomitable football manager and woman-about-town, Kitsy Rainey.

See one or both of these funny, poignant productions by one of Ireland's most beloved writer-performers.


Meet Kitsy

“Once in a lifetime, a woman the likes of Kitsy comes along and when she does, the universe has to expand to accommodate her.”

From the football field to the chapel floor, Kitsy always has the final word. By turns moving and hilarious, her friends and neighbors celebrate the impact Rainey has made on her community.


“It’s impossible to resist the gale theatrical force as Mr. Murfi presents his heroine through a multi-angled prism, with body language as precise, condensed and evocative as Morse code”Ben Brantley, New York Times Critic's Pick 

"Pure theatrical magic"The Evening Standard

"A spellbinding one-man show"Time Out London

“Murfi is a magical performer”The Times

Run time: 75 minutes


Meet Pat

Just outside of town, cobbler Pat Farnon lives on his own, contentedly aging in the cottage in which he was reared. Join him as he walks the five miles into his 'metropolis,' populated with no-necked water diviners, sporting savants, loudmouths, and preachers.


"Astonishing...this is a high-top performance"—New York Times Critic's Pick 

Run time: 75 minutes

Wednesday – Friday | 8pm
Saturday | 3pm and 8pm (option to see both shows in one day!)
Sunday | 3pm

Tour date: Irish American Center, 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola, NY on Tuesday, October 2 | 7:30pm

No show Thursday, September 27

I Hear You and Rejoice
and The Man in the Woman’s Shoes are presented with support from the Georganne Aldrich Heller Foundation and Penny Jackson and Thomas Campbell Jackson.







Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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