A sparkling celebration of Irish theatre with selected scenes read by Ireland’s leading actors. Join us at the Barnsdall Theater Hollywood for a fabulous roulette of razor sharp scenes that lays testament to the power of Irish writing and showcases the extraordinary talent of Ireland’s actors – reaffirming that our tiny island has an entertainment industry punching well above its weight. Compered by drag superstar Panti Bliss, Playboys & Beauty Queens stars heavy hitters such as Richard Schiff (West Wing), Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time), Hugh O’Connor (Handsome Devil, Chocolat) & Adam Fergus (Supernatural) and features writing from the Irish Theatrical canon over the past 150 years – from Synge to McDonagh and beyond. Expect a theatrical rollercoaster – with lots and lots of laughs.
Directed by Philly McMahon, ( Thisispopbaby / Abbey Theater )
Panti Bliss is a writer, performer, pub landlady, “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist,” and has been a fixture of Ireland’s gay community since the late 80’s.
She played a central role in the campaign for marriage equality in Ireland, and in 2014 a speech she made in the Abbey Theatre about oppression and what it is to be LGBTI+ in Ireland became an international sensation, was lauded as one of the world’s great speeches, and turned her into an iconic figure for equality in Ireland.
Her memoir Woman In The Makingwas published by Hachette in 2014, and she was the subject of a major documentary in 2015 called The Queen Of Ireland.
Panti continues to regularly tour internationally with her live shows, has presented a radio show on RTE called Pantisocracy for a number of years, and is much in demand as a public speaker. She also travels extensively on behalf of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish Aid.
She is also owns a pub.
When not touring, Panti lives in Dublin with her dog Penny.