The Irish and How They Got That Way

Friday, March 06, 2020 to Sunday, April 05, 2020

All performances have been postponed. All ticket buyers will be contacted by a Box Office representative.

Written by Frank McCourt
Original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee

Hold onto your hats for this rollicking, roller coaster of a ride compiled by Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), who brings his razor-sharp wit, trademark bitter irony and boundless love of his people to this revue about all things Irish. This show delivers what it promises: stirring blarney, a bit of hokum, genuine heartache and much joy.  

Set in McCourt’s Pub, complete with a working bar, the narration weaves a buoyant blend of traditional songs, show tunes and pop – from “Danny Boy” and George M. Cohan to U2 – with a reminder of the injustices, humiliations, and privations suffered by the Irish people both in Ireland and here in their new neighborhoods in America.  

Join theREP for this sometimes irreverent tribute to our heritage and our future, in the style of a real old-fashioned Irish wake. THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY will make a grand farewell t to our current space, as we prepare to move to our new home with our next show! 

Special Events

Opening Night, Tuesday, March 10
desserts provided by Bella Napoli champagne or ginger-ale toast with the cast and crew
Chef’s Table, Tues March 17
light bites provided by dp’s beginning at 6:30p.m.
Irish Dance Demonstration, Friday, March 20, 8p.m. 
Join us before the show as Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance gives us a demonstration of traditional Irish dancing. Demonstration begins at 6:30p.m.
Interpreted Performance, Sat. March 21, 3p.m. 
This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204
Post-Show Discussion, Wed March 25
Following the show, we will host a post-show discussion with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Producing Artistic Director plus the cast of The Irish…And How They Got That Way
Thirsty Thursday, Thurs. March 26
Tastings provided by Albany Distilling, Nine Pin Cider and The Olde English Pub
Behind The Scenes, Sun March 29
Light fare before the show and a behind the scenes discussion with Maggie Mancinelli Cahill and Elizabeth Stack from the Irish Heritage Museum. Doors open at 12:30p.m. with a light snack, then the discussion will begin at 1:00p.m.

At theREP, we aim to make theatre accessible for all. For The Irish and How They Got That Way, we are proud to offer options for hearing-impaired individuals.

Saturday, March 21, 3 pm
Interpreted Performance
This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204

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Cast Bios

KEVIN MCGUIRE (pan>KEVIN) This fall Kevin appeared in Heartbeat Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Der Freischütz in New York, a New York Times critic pick for three weeks. Broadway, National, International Tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre! 

At theREPMan Of La Mancha, Red, A Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities, Camelot, The Secret Garden, She Loves Me, Shakespeare In Love and directed Hamlet. Kevin was named the first Associate Artist at Capital Repertory Theatre! 100 Years (world premiere) play by Richard Dresser at the Troy Foundry Theatre. Other New York credits include Forbidden Broadway (original cast) Big Maggie, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet (Classic Stage Company). Kevin is a company member at The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York. Romeo And Juliet (New York Shakespeare Festival) among others. Regional Theatre: Denver Center Theatre in the American premiere of Nick Dear’s Frankenstein and Sweeney Todd. Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Henry IV part One and Henry IV part Two. Hartford Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Edna Turnblat in Hairspray Renaissance Theatre, three seasons with the Juilliard Acting Company on tour America and the Williamstown Theatre Festival (30 productions) as well as George in Sunday In The Park With George.  

Kevin dedicates the performance to all his Irish ancestors that crossed the sea to give their children a better life... 


PATRICK JOHN MORAN (PATRICK)Originally from New Jersey. Education: Greensboro College/ MFA UCF. National Tours: Francis Flute/Master of The Justice/Ensemble in Something Rotten (dir./choreo. Casey Nicholaw, Assoc. Steve Bebout),  Asher/Baker in Joseph…Dreamcoat (dir./choreo. Andy Blankenbuehler). Regional: Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty (Capital Rep.), William Morris Barfeè in The 25th…Spelling Bee (Chicago Co.), Jacey Squires in The Music Man (Cape Playhouse), Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha (Flat Rock/STAGES St. Louis), Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls (Shenandoah Music Theatre), Harry in My Fair Lady (Riverside,FL), Hubie Cram in Do Re Mi (Musical Tonight!).  


EMILY MIKESELL (EMILY) Audiences at theREP may remember Emily from Plan B (Co-Creator, Next Act!5), Man Of La Mancha (Housekeeper), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce/ Associate MD), James Joyce’s The Dead (Molly Ivors) and Striking 12 (Narrator/ Electric Violinist). She is honored and happy to be back! Off-Broadway credits include Woody Sez, Lone Star Love, Radio Gals and Cotton Patch Gospel. Recent Regional credits include Once (Arden Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Northern Stage, St. Michael’s Playhouse), Smoke On The Mountain (Flat Rock Playhouse), Ring Of Fire (Barter Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Stonewall Country (Barter Theater) and Georama (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  


JOSH D. SMITH (JOSH) See Creative Team Bio 




LAUREN WRIGHT (LAUREN) Lauren is so excited to be making her debut at Capital Repertory Theatre and revisiting this show after doing a rendition of it at Mountain Playhouse last year. She has spent the past two years actively in the actor-musician world, which as been highlighted by the show ONCE (Bucks Country Playhouse, The Fulton Theatre, Virginia Rep, The Engeman Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse) Other Credits: Mamma Mia! National Tour (Ensemble, Ali/Lisa Cover), Baby (Lizzie), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), MDQ (Dyanne), She Loves Me (Amalia), Hairspray (Penny). Lauren has also toured the country playing her violin with Cirque Musica and The Rockin’ Road to Dublin. Proud graduate of Belmont University. 

CAROLINE WHELEHAN (CAROLINE) Caroline feels very lucky to be returning to Capital Repertory Theatre with this group of wonderful artists! Regional- Pacific Conservatory Theatre: Lend Me A Tenor (The Musical), Beauty And The Beast, You Can’t Take It With You, The Pirates Of Penzance, Sense And Sensibility, Twelfth Night. Capital Repertory Theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Secret Garden, Hamlet, She Loves Me. Troy Foundry Theatre: La Ronde. Workshops: Some People Hear Thunder 





MAGGIE MANCINELLI-CAHILL (DIRECTOR) has directed more than 100 productions and has worked on, off, off-off Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the US. For theREP, favorite productions include Grand View, She Loves Me, Outside Mullingar, To Kill A Mockingbird, Race, Red, My Fair Lady, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Trip To Bountiful, The Crucible, Metamorphoses, Terra Nova, Nora, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly and most recently, Shakespeare in Love. Recently, she directed one of her favorite works, Syncopation, for Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. Adaptations and co-authored plays for young audiences include Sleepy Hollow, Pure Poe, A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland (With Margaret Hall), They Built America, Friend Of A Friend (with Jill Rafferty) and Henry H (with Maureen Aumand). Before her tenure at theREP, Maggie served as Producing Director of Urban Stages in New York City, as Artistic Director for Theatre Under Glass in Denver and worked on the staffs of The Women’s Project and Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. She taught acting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Maggie received a Director Project Fellowship from the Drama League of New York, holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University, was named one of the 100 Women of Excellence by the Colonie Regional Chamber’s Women’s Business Council and was awarded the “Distinguished Leadership Award” by the Chamber’s National Association for Community Leadership. She is a recipient of the Norman S. Rice Award for Excellence in Arts, Culture and Education. 


FREDDY RAMIREZ (CHOREOGRAPHER) is happy to return to Capital Repertory Theatre to work with this group of amazingly talented artists. He most recently choreographed Full Monty, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley, Mamma Mia, She Loves Me, Camelot, Naked Influence, A Christmas Story The Musical, Gypsy and The Secret Garden here at theREP. His directing and choreography credits include Guys And Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Shop Of Horrors and Nunsense for numerous regional and repertory theatres. His credits also include works for national and international dance companies. As a grant recipient, he created and debuted two original dance works which have been performed in Germany, Italy and here in the US. 


JOSH D. SMITH (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) is delighted to return to Capital Repertory Theatre for the last show in the current space! Past productions includeLive From WVL Radio Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life The Full Monty, Ring Of Fire, She Loves Me, Camelot And The Secret Garden.  He is an Associate Artist at theREP. He has performed, music directed and/or accompanied numerous productions throughout the US—from Arizona to Maine.  Capital Region audiences may recognize Josh as former resident Musical Director at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY.  He currently serves as Artistic Director for the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival in Woodstock, VT.  His musical arrangements can be heard in venues across the country including Feinstien’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42 and The Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan. A recording of his arrangements will be released soon on Broadway Records. Josh is originally from Syracuse, NY. Proud member of Actors’ Equity and American Federation of Musicians Local 802.   


BRIAN PRATHER (SET DESIGNER) is excited to return to Capital Rep after designing Red Maple, Miss Bennett, Blithe Spirit, She Loves Me, Mamma Mia and Camelot. Recent Off-Broadway work includes: Daniel’s Husband (Westside Theatre), Caesar & Cleopatra (Gingold Theatre Group), A Christmas Carol (St. Clement’s), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside), The Memory Show (Transport Group), Freud’s Last Session (New World Stages), and The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons) among others. Internationally Brian has designed at the Chung-mu Art Hall (South Korea) and at regional and other theatres including: the Alley Theatre, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., TheaterWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, among many others. Awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago), two Berkshire Theatre Critics Assoc. Awards and nominated for an Emmy (New England) for the design of “The Kate” concert series on Public Television. Brian is the Resident Designer at TheaterWorks Hartford, an Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Co. and a proud member of USA Local 829. See Brian’s work at 

MIRANDA KAU GIURLEO (COSTUME DESIGNER) Miranda is happy to return to Capital Rep after designing Lobby Hero, and The Royale.  Boston area credits include: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly, Native Gardens, A Christmas Carol, The Royale, The Heath, Chill, Merrimack Repertory Theatre; School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play, The Scottsboro Boys, Allegiance, SpeakEasy Stage Company; The Convert,Matchless/The Happy Prince, Matt and Ben, Roots of Liberty, Central Square Theatre; Leftovers, Dry Land, Shockheaded Peter, She Kills Monsters, Neighbors, The Good Negro, After the Quake, Company One; The 39 Steps, Dancing at Lughnasa, True West, The Effect, Totalitarians, Lettuce and Lovage, The New Electric Ballroom, Gloucester Stage Company; Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2nd Stage; Richard III, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Actor’s Shakespeare Project.  Miranda has also designed and built costumes for the U.S.S. Constitution Museum’s original production Sailor’s Wives and Sailor’s Lives.  


TRAVIS MCHALE (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Capital Rep: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Mamma Mia!, Camelot, Blithe Spirit, Trip to Bountiful, How Water Behaves.Regional Theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Guild Hall, Northern Stage, Weston Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse. Off-Broadway:59E59, Primary Stages, 3 Legged Dog, Abingdon, Theatre Row, The Barrow Group.  Broadway: Associate designer forSomething Rotten!, Sunset Boulevard, War Paintand others.Other:Zaide(Carnegie Hall),BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go(UK Tour),Chita Rivera: Legendary Celebration(International Tour) and 7 seasons with IMCD Lighting for NY Fashion Week.Awards: Connecticut Critics’ Circle, NY Innovative Theatre.Member: United Scenic 


RIDER Q. STANTON (SOUND DESIGNERTheatre credits include: The Shubert Theatre, The St. James Theatre, The Hammerstein Ballroom, the Acorn Theatre and the MCC Frankel Theatre in NYC; Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT; Arizona Broadway Theatre in Phoenix, AZ; The Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, MA; ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival in South Pomfret, VT; Pentangle Arts in Woodstock, VT; Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT; The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY; d’Arts et de Rêves in Sutton, Québec; Cirque Starlight in Porruntruy, Switzerland. Rider plays classical and jazz cello and has had the opportunity to perform in various venues around the Tri State Area and Vermont. Many thanks to Maggie for the opportunity to return for his eleventh production at theREP! 


NATHAN W. SCHEUER (PROJECTION DESIGNER) Nathan is thrilled to making his Capital Rep design debut. Select projection credits include Halcyon Days (Oberon Theatre Ensemble), A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway in Chicago), Oslo (RepSTL), Guys & Dolls, Matilda, Gypsy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Wizard of Oz (Muny), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Seussical (TUTS), A Charlie Brown Christmas; Live! (National Tour), The Evolution of Mann, Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), Ruddigore (Skylight Music Theatre), Tosca (NYOS), Sister Act, Have You Met Miss Jones? (New Theatre), Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep) Lord Tom (The York), La Plage (Tom Gold Dance). Nathan has also designed for artists like Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Selena Gomez, and Alice Cooper, as well as working with New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, Alvin Ailey, San Francisco Opera, and Center Theatre Group. Proud member of USA 


STEPHANIE KLAPPER, (CASTING DIRECTOR)enjoys her continued long collaboration with Maggie and her Capital Repertory Theatre family.  Her work is often seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television and film. Frequent collaborators include Mint Theater Company, Primary Stages, New York Classical Theatre, american vicarious, Masterworks, Resonance Ensemble, Capital Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, The New Theatre, and many more. Recent projects include: Your Best One; Grace; Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories, Once on this Island; Sideways the Experience, A Sign of the Times; The 24-Hour Plays on Broadway Gala, Paradise Lost, Miss America’s Ugly Daughter, The Hope Hypothesis, The Importance of Being Earnest;Hamlet; Daniel’s Husband; A Letter to Harvey Milk; Red Roses, Green Gold; Pride and Prejudice (Kate Hamill); Candide and Westside Story (Philadelphia Orchestra); Netuser (film),  Epiphany V (film). She is teaches at a number of Colleges and Universities and is a Jimmy Awards Judge. Board Member: Casting Society of America. 


JESSIE JARDON (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER) Is so excited to be making her official Capital Repertory Theatre debut, after a brief stint as the Interim Stage Manger on It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theater. Other credits include Waitress, Noises Off (Broadway); Newsies, The Bodyguard, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sister Act, and Les Misérables (WPPAC); Always… Patsy Cline, Godspell, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Fantasticks and Forever Plaid (ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival); Caramoor’s 2018 and 2019 Summer Music Festivals; Patti LuPone’s Far Away Places Tour; Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever, Happy Days, Man of La Mancha, and Showboat (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Proud alumna of Ithaca College. 


LAURA CRAWFORD (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is a PNW native. She fell in love with stage management while working in community theatre back in her home town. Since then, she’s had the privilege of working on shows such as Your Best One (Capital Repertory Theatre),The Woman in Black (Collaborative Theatre Project), Avenue Q (Oregon Cabaret Theatre) and Newsies (Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre). Laura is thrilled to be joining Capital Rep for its 2019-2020 season! In between rehearsals and shows, Laura enjoys soaking up the sunshine while sipping gourmet teas. 


FRANK MCCOURT (PLAYWRIGHT) (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer, best known for Angela’s Ashes, his 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning memoir about his childhood in Brooklyn and Limerick, Ireland. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Angela’s Ashes won the National Book Critics Circle Award and Boeke Prize, and subsequently was made into a major motion picture, directed by Alan Parker. His other memoirs include ‘Tis (1999), which chronicled his life in American as a new immigrant; and Techer Man, (2005) about his experiences as a public-school teacher. A graduate of New York University and beloved teacher for nearly 30 years, he taught in several New York schools, including McKee High School, McKee Technical and Vocational High School, and Stuyvesant High School. Mr. McCourt also taught in the English department of New York City Technical College of the City University of New York. He and his brothers were featured in two television documentaries, “The McCourts of Limerick” and “The McCourts of New York.” 


CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE has a rich, local history of excellent entertainment and strong community relationships. Established in 1981, it came into existence through the dedication and perseverance of a group of Albany business, community and civic leaders. Donated labor, materials and expertise transformed the Grand Cash Market, an abandoned supermarket at 111 North Pearl Street, into what was to become the home of Albany’s first professional resident theatre. 

Outreach was made to The League of Theatre Artists, a group of diverse actors, directors and playwrights, who spent summers at Art Awareness in Lexington. Working together, these artists, community leaders and an army of volunteers founded Capital Repertory Company. This initial investment of time and resources created the highly acclaimed, award-winning Capital Repertory Theatre with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, and a history of producing more than 5,000 performances, employing more than 1,500 professional artists. 

In all programs and services, theREP serves its mission by embracing the community as a source of inspiration. We embrace cast, crew and audiences from every background to expand the horizons of thought and understanding of the human condition through the power of theatre. 

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