Anna Nugent

Producing Love

How does one keep love in mind, at the forefront of everything one does? I would love to say that I have an answer to that question or better yet, that I’ve been able to do it. But I don’t. I think at best it is an intention that manifests in the little actions we […]

We Are Family

This season is all about gifts and true meaning and spirit and love and food and new beginnings and family. Ah, that loaded word, “family.” What do I mean by family? Yes, there are the people we grew up with, the ones we are related to, but to me family is something more than that. […]

#WakingTheFeminists, Rekindling the Flame

I’m inspired, incited, and wowed by the movement that is underway in Irish theatre right now, #WakingTheFeminists. What gets me especially jazzed up about this movement as opposed to similar movements in the States (that I am also in support of, by the way) is that in Ireland change actually seems possible. The country is […]

Inspiring NEW Plays

This November the NEWvember New Plays Festival (which I co-produce) is celebrating its 5th year! Wow! In that time we’ve read thousands of plays and will be presenting our 30th new play reading this weekend (November 5-8). It is remarkable how much work goes into one weekend. Early in the year we go over the […]

The Families We Choose

Photograph of AboutFACE Company Members

Does anyone else crave family? I’m blessed to have been born into a pretty alright one, dysfunctional yes, but I have good relationships with my siblings and step-siblings and I love my parents. I feel loved and accepted (or at the very least tolerated) for who I am. I also married into another great family […]

Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol – Ireland

Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play December 20-22, 2013 Powerscourt Theatre Powerscourt Townhouse Centre Dublin 2 Playwright Paul Nugent, based on Orson Welles’ radio play version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Director Paul Meade Cast Orson Welles (Scrooge) Paul Nugent Joe Cotten (Bob Cratchit) Cillian O’Donnachadha Arlene Francis (Belle) Maureen O’Connell George […]

3rd Annual NEWvember New Plays Festival

Thursday, Nov. 7th @ 8PM THE PARK BENCH HERO Ulysses, a burnt-out Civil War re-enactor and supposed descendent of Ulysses S. Grant, is living on a park bench after getting kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment. When a strange young boy shows up asking him how to be a soldier, Ulysses sees an opportunity to […]

Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol * Marlay House * Dublin, Ireland * AboutFACE

AboutFACE Theatre Company 22-23 DEC ’12 Marlay House Ballroom, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham PLAYWRIGHT Adapted by Paul Nugent from Orson Welles’ radio play version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol DIRECTOR Moira Walsh CAST ORSON WELLES (Scrooge) Paul Nugent JOE COTTEN (Bob Cratchit) Cillian O’Donnachadha ARLENE FRANCIS (Belle) Tara McKeever GEORGE COULOURIS (Marley) Alan Walsh BENNY […]

NEWvember 2012 * Carpenter Shop Theater * Tivoli, NY

NEWvember New Play Festival Co-production with Tangent Theater Company & AboutFACE Carpenter Shop Theater Tivoli, NY 2012 Plays: Love/Sick A series of love stories – some gone wrong and others gone right – explore romance in the suburban jungle. Playwright: John Cariani The Prediction In 1935, a family of German Jews escapes the Nazis aboard […]

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