Abstract and Keywords
Since well before the Abbey Theatre set its sights on America in 1911, Irish theatre has had strong ties with American theatre culture. Over the course of the twentieth century, touring productions of Irish plays have continued to have an impact on American theatre culture. From Eugene O’Neill on, Irish ethnicity within the US has been explored and defined by Irish-American theatre-makers, who have taken Irish theatre in directions that sometimes diverge in significant ways from Irish theatre produced in Ireland. At the same time, as Sam Shepard’s recent collaboration with the Abbey Theatre suggests, American theatre has had a notable impact on Irish stages. This chapter will look at the complex interactions linking Irish-produced theatre in America, indigenous Irish American theatre, and the role of American theatre in shaping Irish theatre culture.
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