A new play development company, Fat Violet Theater explores Irish/American voices in the American theater from Eugene O’Neill to the present. Fat Violet Theater develops and produces contemporary Irish/American plays in a bare bones production style.
Founder, Prod. Artistic Director
David Sullivan directed the Off Broadway premieres of The Atheist, The Blowin of Baile Gall, and Swansong and staged "Bloomsday in Bryant Park, NYC," and a "Tribute to Friel" for the Irish Arts Center. Other New York credits include Brendan, Ivan and the Dogs, Evangeline Elsewhere, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, and The Stage is Bare. He has directed at Origin Theater Company, Irish Repertory Theatre, Irish Arts Center, the Williamstown Theater Festival Act One Company, NY Stage & Film Workshop, the Gloucester Stage Company, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Boston Playwrights Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States, he is an Associate Professor & the director of the Theatre Program at Lehman College - City University of New York in the Bronx.
Founder, Resident Playwright
Ronan Noone began writing his first play while working on Martha’s Vineyard. The play, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, caught the attention of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, head of Boston University’s playwriting program, and he was asked to join the program. Lepers won the Michael Kanin National Playwriting award at the American College Theatre Festival, was produced at the Kennedy Center, and played Off Off Broadway in 2004 at the Phil Bosakowski Theatre. Mr. Noone’s second play, The Blowin of Baile Gall, was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg New Play Award, and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script. Both plays shared the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for Best New Script. His play The Atheist played Off Broadway in separate productions in 2006 and 2009, and featured film stars Chris Pine and Campbell Scott, respectively. Mr. Noone has been chosen by Boston Magazine as a Best Young Playwright and is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow.