Press Release

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and

Fishamble: The New Play Company

present

a West Coast premiere

 

SILENT


Written and performed by Pat Kinevane

Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel at the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and the Argus Angel, Brighton Festival 2012


November 23 – December 16, 2012

Los Angeles, Calif. — October 29, 2012 — Award-winning Irish actor and writer Pat Kinevane and Fishamble Company from Dublin return to the Odyssey Theatre with Silent, following sold-out performances in New York and at Ireland’s National Theatre (The Abbey). Silent is a powerful and touching play about a homeless man, Tino McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino.  Written by Kinevane and directed by Jim Culleton, Silent will make its West Coast premiere at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles November 23 through December 16.

Kinevane follows up the success and acclaim of his one-man show Forgotten, mounted at the Odyssey in the fall of 2011, with another moving and dazzling tour de force in Silent.  As writer and star of Silent, Kinevane researched extensively the services and organizations in place to aid the homeless in order to create an authentic world through which his shattered alter ego wanders.  Kinevane stars as Tino McGoldrig, a man living on the rough streets of Dublin and clinging to slim, fading hopes as he searches for help in reversing his gross misfortunes. Employing little more than an old brown blanket and the sounds of street life, Kinevane uses his considerable dramatic and comedic skills to craft a pointed indictment of the inadequacies of mental health services, carefully eschewing proselytizing for a very personal, poignant, and funny portrayal of a broken man struggling to look after himself.

Kinevane explained his development of Silent: “I wrote frantically from a stream of consciousness at the start. Then I did research.  Talking to people on the street, talking to social services.  Talking to the agencies that deal with people who live on the street.  Also, I just observed people. How people treat people on the street.  Watching the public. Seeing how their body language changes.”

He adds: “[Silent] pays homage to the old silent movies, [specifically] Rudolph Valentino, who was probably the biggest movie star ever.  You can watch a silent movie without the words coming up on the screen and you can understand it.  I wanted to bring that aspect of the presentation into Silent, the fact that even though it was cinematic, it was highly theatrical.  I wanted to find a platform to tell the story so that the audience didn’t have to follow the text but could follow the gesture and the visual.  When you go to the theatre, it is the visual that you remember, that you carry with you.  And it’s been a lovely journey, I have to say.”

“I am thrilled that the West Coast premiere of Silent is being presented at the Odyssey Theatre,” remarked Jim Culleton, Fishamble’s artistic director. “Fishamble’s production of Forgotten, also by Pat Kinevane and produced in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, received an excellent response at the Odyssey last year, and we are delighted to present Silent here this year.  Fishamble will celebrate its 25th birthday next year as the only company in Ireland dedicated exclusively to new plays.  The Odyssey has such an excellent reputation for presenting new, daring work, often with an international element, so I feel that it is the perfect home for the work of Fishamble and Pat Kinevane and look forward very much to engaging with L.A. audiences here.”

Writer and Performer – Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television, and radio for 22 years.  As a writer, he completed his first full-length play, The Nun’s Wood, in 1997, which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Fishamble then produced his second play, The Plains of Enna (Dublin Theatre Festival ’99).  Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival.  As well as Silent, Pat is currently also touring with his solo piece, Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee ’08).  He has performed Forgotten extensively throughout Ireland and in Paris, Prague, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Iceland, Washington, Boston, and New York over the past four years.

Director – Jim Culleton is artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has most recently directed Tiny Plays for Ireland by 25 writers, the multi-award-winning Pride of Parnell Street by Sebastian Barry (Irish tour, London, New Haven, Paris, Wiesbaden, New York), The Music of Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor at the Abbey,  Forgotten by Pat Kinevane (over 60 Irish venues, 8 European countries and to New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles), Turning Point in association with ADI (Dublin and Washington D.C.), and Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean McLoughlin (Ballymun, Bulgaria, Romania, Tallaght, New York).  He has also directed productions for 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTÉ Radio, the Belgrade, Scotland’s Ensemble @ Dundee Rep, Draíocht, TCD School of Drama, RTE lyric fm, Noel Pearson at the Gaiety, and the Abbey. Current projects include a range of Fishamble training, mentoring, and development projects, and he will next direct Tiny Plays for Ireland 2, also for Fishamble.

About Fishamble: The New Play Company Fishamble is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed company dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new work for the Irish stage. Since 1988, the Company has produced numerous plays by first-time and established playwrights. Fishamble has brought this work to audiences throughout Ireland as well as to England, Scotland, USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, France, Germany, Iceland, and the Czech Republic. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council (Ireland) and this presentation of Silent at the Odyssey is supported by Culture Ireland.  For more about Fishamble: www.fishamble.com

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WINNER FRINGE FIRST AWARD, EDINBURGH 2011 

WINNER HERALD ANGEL AWARD, EDINBURGH 2011 

WINNER ARGUS ANGEL AWARD, BRIGHTON 2012

“Passionate . . . carefully wrought production from the Fishamble company of Dublin . . . stunning . . . Mr. Kinevane [is] an artist of the theater.”– Ben Brantley, New York Times, September 9, 2012

“Kinevane moves, in a striking performance under Jim Culleton’s effective direction, with the elegance of a dancer and the engaged poise of a boxer.  It’s a startling combination . . . the caress of poetry and the disarming direct address of stand-up . . . a moving story, which, until its end, pulses with the erratic noise of life.” - Irish Times

“Fishamble, a theatre company known for its uptake of novel and challenging work . . . quite haunting and delivered by Kinevane in a fusion of dance and monologue that blend into a kind of theatrical extravaganza, engendering superb audience appreciation . . . Kinevane has an extremely acute, innate, and intuitive sense of comedy that enables him to tightrope across the gross and heartbreaking circumstances of life, in jest without sacrificing the poignant sadness of a given predicament.” - Irish Theatre Magazine

“Unflinching, intensely physical performance . . . bristling with black humour.” - The Scotsman

“Fabulous dance of whirling words . . . a bravura outpouring of sorrow, anger, hurt, and lacerating wit.” - The Herald

“Magnificent!” - Irish Independent

“Flawless performance . . . aches with life.” - Evening Herald

“Dazzling theatricality.” - The Guardian

Performances of Silent take place Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm, November 23 through December 16. Tickets are $25 for Thursday and Friday performances and $30 for Saturday and Sunday performances. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025.  For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com

 

Details for Calendar Listings
SILENT

WHAT:
Silent
is a powerful and touching story about a homeless man, Tino McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all, including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. Following the 2011 critical success of Forgotten at the Odyssey Theatre, award-winning performer Pat Kinevane and Fishamble return to the Odyssey with Silent, following sold-out performances in New York and Ireland’s National Theatre (The Abbey). Passionate . . . carefully wrought production from the Fishamble company of Dublin . . . stunning . . . Mr. Kinevane [is] an artist of the theater.”– Ben Brantley, New York Times, September 9, 2012

 

WHO:
Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Sound design by Denis Clohessy
Produced for the Odyssey by Beth Hogan in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller
Produced for Fishamble by Marketa Dowling
Presented by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi, Artistic Director,
and Fishamble: The New Play Company, Jim Culleton, Artistic Director

 

 WHEN:

November 23 – December 16, 2012

Thursdays @ 8 pm: November 29; December 6 & 13
Fridays @ 8 pm: November 23, 30; December 7 & 14
Saturdays @ 8 pm: November 24; December 1, 8 & 15
Sundays @ 2 pm November 25; December 2, 9 & 16

 

WHERE:
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

HOW:
(310) 477-2055 x2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com

TICKETS:
Thursdays, Friday: $25
Saturdays, Sundays: $30