Ria Mooney

The Life and Times of the Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, 1948–1963

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About the Book

Ria Mooney was the first woman to serve as the resident producer of the National Theatre of Ireland (popularly referred to as The Abbey) between 1948 and 1963. She distinguished herself as an actress and director of some of the most important playwrights and performers of her time, and received excellent reviews for her work. But after leaving the Abbey, she has, for the most part, been largely overlooked in theatrical histories.
In this work, Ria Mooney receives the notice she deserves as one of Ireland’s most significant theatrical artists of the twentieth century. Her entire theatrical career is covered and special attention is paid to her work as an actress and resident producer at the Abbey.

About the Author(s)

James P. McGlone is a professor at Seton Hall University and founder of the Celtic Theatre Company, which is in residence at the university. He lives in Boonton, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

James P. McGlone
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9362-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Part One: The Actress

1. “A Little Glowing Light” 5

2. “A Fairy City Resting on a Cloud” 24

3. “The Le Gallienne Sorority” 40

4. “The Jilted Lover” and “The Unwanted Gifts” 56

5. “Even the Spring Is Old” 74

Part Two: The Director

6. “Picked Amongst the King of Friday’s Men” 89

7. “We Must Keep Faith with the Public” 108

8. “A Capital of Hopeless Promise” 124

9. “More Like Warfare Than Reasoned Discourse” 140

10. “Have I No Power To Stop This?” 160

11. “Long Day a Fine Night at Abbey” 176

12. Ria Mooney and <The Enemy Within 194

Epilogue 203

Appendix 207

Notes 211

Bibliography 223

Index 227

Book Reviews & Awards

“a woman worthy to be remembered…a labor of love”—The Irish Independent; “highly readable…meticulously researched…exquisitely detailed, McGlone’s work enlightens the reader with innumberable insights into the culture of the day…impressive…well-documented…a must-read for any serious student of the Irish theatre”—Irish Literary Supplement; “should be mandatory reading”—Broadside.