Marina Carr | Librettist

Librettist

Marina Carr

Biography

Marina Carr’s plays to date are Ullaloo (1989); Low in the Dark (1991); The Mai (1994); Portia Coughlan (1996); By the Bog of Cats (1998); On Raffery's Hill (1999); Ariel (2000); Woman and Scarecrow (2004); The Cordelia Dream (2006); Marble (2007); 16 Possible Glimpses (2009); Hecuba (2015); Adaptations are Anna Karenina (adapted from Tolstoy’s novel), 2016 and Blood Wedding (a new version of Lorca’s play), 2019; Plays for children are Meat and Salt (2003) and The Giant Blue Hand, (2007). Future projects include the premiere of Marina’s new play The Boy at the Abbey Theatre and a new adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse produced by Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Her work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, Landmark, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, The MacCarter Theatre, San Diego Rep, Milwaukee rep.

She is translated into many languages and produced around the world.

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio Mary Gordon as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Prizes include Windham-Campbell PRIZE 2017 for her body of work, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The American/Ireland Fund Award, The E.M Forster Award from the American Academny of Arts and Letters, The Macauley Fellowship and The Puterbaugh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdána.

She has taught at Trinity, at Villanova and at Princeton. Currently she lectures in the English department at Dublin City Press.

She is published by The Gallery Press, Nick Hern Books and Faber & Faber.

September 2020

Image credit Yousef Khanfar

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