Our first production consisted of two one-act plays by Seán O’Casey entitled “Pound on Demand” and “Bedtime Story”. Both plays were well received and the group was encouraged to expand its horizons. We now present two full length productions per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall in addition to performing at various Irish Festivals over the Summer months. Productions to date have concentrated on drama, comedy and farce from the pens of Seán O’Casey and Brian Friel to John Murphy, Bernard Farrell and John B.Keane.
In 1994 a Performing Arts Stage was added to the Programme for Gaelic Park’s Irish Fest held each year over the Memorial Day Weekend. Our group has been delighted to host the Performing Arts Stage over the four day festival, featuring local talent from the Chicagoland area, visiting groups from Milwaukee WI. and St. Paul MN. and wonderful storytelling with Batt Burns and Tommy Makem.
We are active participants in Acting Irish International Theatre Festival (AIITF) and hosted the Festival here at Gaelic Park in 1999. We hosted the Festival again in 2005. In 2006 we participated in AIITF with “The Able Dealer” in Toronto, and in Milwaukee in 2007. In Milwaukee Gaelic Park Players received the coveted ”Adjudicators Award” for “Getting Buried” Deborah Sampson was nominated for Best Actor in a female role. Kate McNally was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a female role.