The Michigan Celtic Repertory Company brings plays by Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx and Cornish authors, as well as American authors of Celtic descent writing about people and places of Celtic origin, to our communities and schools.
This mission encompasses not only storied authors like W.B. Yeats, Sean O’Casey, Eugene O’Neill, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, but also lesser known and new playwrights. We will be forming alliances and partnerships with theaters in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to cross-pollinate each theater company with new works.
Upcoming Productions and News
December 14th and 15th, 2019
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
At Kerrytown Concert House (415 N. 4th Ave.) in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 14 at 2PM, and The Michigan League Hussey Room December 9 at 2PM PM.
At the premiere performance of the MCRC, we will serve, at the Kerrytown Concert House, complimentary Welsh cakes and Cider to go with the season and the Welsh heritage of the play. This adaptation of the Dylan Thomas classic features a five-member cast performing Thomas’s prose, as well as carefully chosen Christmas carols, mixed with original songs based on the Thomas text.
Our cast features some of Michigan’s finest actors: John DeMerrell, who has appeared in productions at The Ringwald Theatre, The Penny Seats Theatre Company, The Berman, Two Muses Theatre and more; Elizabeth Mitchell, who is a soprano/alto and has performed at Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as opera companies in Ohio and Germany; David Moan, who has won the Wilde Award for best Actor in Michigan, has worked at The City Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, The Dio, Encore Musical Theatre and more. Adrian Diffey, executive director of Mind The Gap theater company in Ann Arbor is the voice of BBC Wales.
Angelique Walsh, who has performed at The Monster Box Theatre, as well as for New Roads Productions; Dan Bachelis, who has appeared and worked as music director at The Dio, The Penny Seats and more.
You can buy tickets to the December 14th performance here. And to the December 15th performance here.
About this play, created by The New York Irish Rep, The New York Times said, ” A cavalcade of imagery and sensation … The descriptions of treats and toys are evocative, the carols appealingly sung, the cast charming. This sweet show conjures plenty of good will toward men.” For a glimpse of that production, click here.
Mark your calendars and be part of the debut of Michigan’s only Celtic theatre company.
The Michigan Celtic Repertory Company is founded by David Kiley, a journalist, author and playwright, and publisher of EncoreMichigan.com, the only consistent source of news and reviews about Michigan’s professional theater community. Encore publishes more than 230 reviews annually on productions across the state.
Kiley, of Irish and Welsh descent, has been a reporter and editor for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL, Forbes, Fortune and other leading magazines. He is the author of books about the auto industry: “Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall and Comeback of Volkswagen in America”; “Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World”; co-author of “Writing The War: Chronicles of a WW2 War Correspondent”. He is also author of I’ll Be Seeing You: A World War Two Love Story, a play with music that debuted at The Arthur Miller Theatre at The University of Michigan in 2017. Kiley has worked as an actor at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, The Penny Seats in Ann Arbor, Outvisible Theatre in Allen Park and The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter.
“Michigan has a large and proud population of Irish, Scottish and Welsh Americans, and it’s about time they had a theater company dedicated to bringing Celtic theater to their communities. I love the theater, and I am determined to bring to life not only the classics, but some of the wonderful and edgy new work being done across the Atlantic to Michigan. We have a lot in common with the Celtic lands, after all, in that they, and Michigan, are all surrounded by water. It is a natural alliance we have with our mother-lands, and I aim to connect us through the magic and glory of theater.
“As we get going, I am not going to ask people across the state to come to one place. Instead, we are going to produce plays and musicals that will travel to communities, from Detroit, to Lansing and Grand Rapids, as well as towns like Monroe, Alpena and Traverse City.”
How you can be part of the Michigan Celtic Rep: We are gearing up to get our tax-exempt status. After that, you can become a member, or sponsor. Until then, please give us your e-mail address, and we will update you on our progress. We will not sell our list to any third parties.