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Lady Gregory's Ingredients by Kelly Younger


ISBN #1-933159-44-8
JAC #2005-0040



  • AUGUSTA: Quite old

  • JUNE: Middle-aged

  • APRIL: Fairly young

Irish accents are ideal, but not necessary.


Plot Summary

An Irish playwright contemplates soft edges in a sharp world, the lingering memory of a lost son, and the redemptive power of three women defining themselves for the first time.


The Setting

A traditional Irish parlor decorated with clothbound books, heavy curtains and ornate rugs. A small round table, covered in lace, with three chairs, is set for tea and guests. Decorated china plates and delicate cups and saucers sit undisturbed. In the center, a gold box of chocolates, unopened.


7/22/10 - Tough Economic Times Call for "Tender" Play - Kelly Younger's Tender at Gloucester (MA) Stage Company

There are some astonishing ideas in the short half-hour play. . . Through humour, modern imagery and dramatic wizardry the playwright presented a three dimensional woman who was not just a folklorist and author but a woman whose creative energies embraced literature, freedom, marriage, passion, loyalty, responsibility and sadness, and the thousand fragile pieces which make up a human being. The cast presented this new play with confidence and intelligence. They and the playwright were rewarded with, first of all, rapt attention, and then sustained applause."
- Ronnie O'Gorman, Galway Advertiser

"All three [judges] were unanimous in their choice of Kelly Younger's 'Lady Gregory's Ingredients' as the clear winner. It showed, they felt, originality of thought, as well as considerable skill in creating credible characters and convincing dialogue. The theatrical quality of the writing was also commented on - it is a script which will work very well on stage and will be simple and straightforward to produce, according to the judges." - Arts Editor, Galway Advertiser

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Lady Gregory's Ingredients by Kelly Younger

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Playwright Kelly Younger

About This Playwright

KELLY YOUNGER is an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.

This World We Know won the New American Play Festival and premiered at The Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA. It was also a finalist for the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays and received development support from Naked Angels/Furious Theatre. He co-wrote a hit comedy Kalamazoo with Michelle Kholos Brooks that won the Riva Shriver Comedy Award and premiered for a sold-out, extended run at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles followed with a 5-month extended run, with a run at Adirondack Theatre Festival scheduled for June-July 2015.

Younger’s short play, Mandate, won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, premiered at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ran in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was turned into a radio play by for Utah Public Radio, was a finalist for the Heidemann Award from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, ran at the Barrington Stage Company, and has thus far received productions as far away as Dubai, UAE.

New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre commissioned Younger to write the stage adaptation of the novel Banished Children of Eve by Peter Quinn, the production of which ran 57 sold-out performances off-Broadway in Fall 2010. He is also the author of The Rorschach Play, which was a finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award and received development support from Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. His play Tender was nominated for Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the $150,000 Laurents/Hatcher Award, and was selected for Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” reading series, directed by Lynne Meadow.

Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing with Mandeville Films at Disney Studios, DreamWorks Animation Studios, as well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless) and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Oscar Nominated Kon-Tiki). Younger placed in the top 10% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the top 5% in the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is currently the resident playwright in the Department of English at Loyola Marymount University. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and an associate member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a dog named Sean. For more information, visit www.KellyYounger.net.


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