Quirky, bubbly Joan walks into a bar in New Orleans. Serious, sullen Darnell is not in the mood to talk. A random encounter between two lost and lonely people sparks this funny, feel-good story of human connection.
Bewley's Cafe Theatre is proud to present online, its production of They Float Up by Jacquelyn Reingold, which charmed and entertained audiences in the Cafe Theatre in 2019. This was the European Premiere of this work by Jacquelyn Reingold, writer of Grace and Frankie, The Good Fight and In Treatment. As well as writing for Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Gabriel Byrne, Hope Davis and Cynthia Nixon, Jacquelyn is the recipient of awards, grants and commissions from the Kennedy Center Fund and the New York Foundation of the Arts among others and has been a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Join The Lock Inn and Bewley’s Café Theatre for this specially commissioned online event, and let this charmer transport you to Bourbon Street and, as Joan says,
“Bring out your hidden whatever!”
Price: €5.00 + fees
Meet The Makers
Susannah De Wrixon – Joan
Susannah has been working as a professional actor/singer for over twenty-five years. Last year she was a part of the work in progress showing of Breakfast On Pluto at the Galway Arts Festival for Landmark Productions. Also for Landmark Productions she toured with Woyzeck In Winter directed by Conall Morrison.
Susannah has had various collaborations with artists as diverse as The Nualas, Opera Theatre Company, Camille O’Sullivan, Rosaleen Linehan and Conor Linehan, Jim Doherty, and many more. She has recorded three albums, and her show TINY TUNES, AN EARLY YEARS CABARET continues to tour.
TV and film work include STRIKING OUT, THE CLINIC, FAIR CITY, BALLYKISSANGEL. She is currently shooting “INNOCENT 2 ” for ITV.
Kwaku Fortune – Darnell
Kwaku has most recently performed in Fishamble’s Tiny Plays 2020, and in WALL alongside Derbhle Crotty and John Olohan, as part of the Druid Debuts 2020. He will next play the role of Heathcliff in WUTHERING HEIGHTS directed by Lucinka Eisler for China Plate Theatre Co.
His most recent screen credits include LINE OF DUTY for the BBC, NORMAL PEOPLE directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald for BBC 1, BBC 3 and HULU, and ANIMALS alongside Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, directed by Sophie Hyde.
On stage he most recently played the role of Eli in ASKING FOR IT at Birmingham Repertory Theatre; PEAT directed by Tim Crouch; and the role of Dara Mood in Caitríona McLaughlin’s acclaimed production of Marina Carr's ON RAFTERY'S HILL directed for the main stage at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre.
Jacquelyn Reingold - Writer
Jacquelyn Reingold writes for theatre and television. Her plays have been seen in her hometown New York City, across the U.S., and the world, including Bewley’s Cafe Theater, Dublin. An award winning playwright, she’s been published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays, Best American Short Plays; a collection of her one-acts Things Between Us is published by Dramatists Play Service. In TV, Jacquelyn is currently a Writer/Executive Producer for The Good Fight. She also wrote for Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and for Emmy nominated Gabriel Byrne in HBO’s In Treatment. She is a founding member of Honor Roll! an advocacy group for womxn playwrights over 40. Jackie thanks Susannah, Kwaku, Peter, Lisa, Colm, James, Ross, Bewley’s Cafe Theater, and The Lock Inn!
Peter McDermott - Director
Recent directing credits include Jacquelyn Reingold’s They Float Up (Bewley’s Café Theatre), Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas (Smock Alley Main Stage), Balfe’s operetta The Sleeping Queen (National Concert Hall), Aphra Behn’s The Rover (Samuel Beckett Theatre), and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (Smock Alley Banquet Hall).
Peter is originally from New York, where he trained in the Meisner technique of acting. Living and directing in Ireland since 1991, he is a lecturer in drama at TU Dublin Conservatoire. He has delivered acting workshops, lectures and presentations in University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College London, Columbia College Chicago, the Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espectaculo (Porto, Portugal), the China-Europe Performing Arts Symposium (Beijing) and the International University Theatre Association (Liege, Belgium).
Stage Manager & Design Consultant
Lisa Krugel is one of The Lir’s first graduates with an MFA in Stage Design.
RECENT CREDITS INCLUDE: Set and Costumes for: Quicksand (Idir Mná), In Our Veins (Abbey Theatre/Bitter Like A Lemon), Baroque Royal Opera (TU Dublin Conservatoire), Dalliance, I Am a Camera, Damascus and The Ugly One (The Lir).
Set for: The Harvest (WitchWork/The New Theatre), Temptress (Speckintime/High Seas),
The Signalman (WitchWork), Northern Lights(Theatre Upstairs/Awake & Sing), Joxer Daly Esq. (Bewley’s Café Theatre) and Bullfight On 3rd Avenue (Bewley’s Café Theatre)
Colm Maher’s lighting design work includes Tuesday’s with Morrie at the Gaiety Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Connected at Project Arts Centre Upstairs, Karen Egan and Cian Boylan in The NationaI Concert Hall. He has lit many of Bewley’s productions and touring productions including Peter Sheridan’s Break a Leg and Joyced by Donal O’Kelly. As part of the Dublin Theatre Festival he has lit Rise Production’s Fight Night (2013), The Games People Play (2014) and At The Ford (2015)
Since opening its doors in 1999, Bewley's Cafe Theatre has emerged as Ireland's foremost venue for Lunchtime Drama and has an international reputation for innovation and excellence, (Irish Times Judges' Special Award Winner 2004 and nominee 2018) while maintaining a uniquely Irish and personal touch.
The repertoire ranges from classic one-acts showcasing the wit of Shaw, Wilde and O'Casey to the very best of new Irish writing. The programme has a strong emphasis on comedy and theatricality and a visit is guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon.