Irish Repertory Theatre’s THE SMUGGLER
Patricia Neal Stage

Irish Repertory Theatre’s THE SMUGGLER

May 24 - June 3, 2023

A charming Irish bartender living in a coastal town in New England spins a fierce and witty thriller in rhyme, about immigration, corruption, and the underside of the American dream. MV Playhouse is proud to present the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of this award-winning play by Ronán Noone, one of our favorite playwrights (The Blowin of Baile Gall, The Second Girl).Starring Michael Mellamphy.

“Terrific one-man, one act play” – The New Yorker “Rarely has a man’s moral decline been made so purely entertaining to watch” – Theatremania,NY


Director: Conor Bagley
Writer: Ronán Noone
Lighting Design: Ernest W. Iannaccone
Scenic Design: Ann Beyersdorfer
Sound Design: Liam Bellman-Sharpe
Production Stage Manager: Timothy Toothman

Irish Repertory Theatre’s THE SMUGGLER

Michael Mellamphy
Theatre: THE SMUGGLER (Irish Repertory Theatre), THE UNSUNG HERO, THE CURE (The Pigeon Theatre Company), THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK (Irish Repertory Theatre), THE SMUGGLER (Fat Violet Productions), THE NATURALISTS (The Pond Theatre Co.), THE SEAFARER (Irish Repertory Theatre), GUY WALKS INTO A BAR (1st Irish Best Actor Award 2018), YEATS IN THE TOILET (Putting On Your Shorts), THE LAST DAYS OF CLEOPATRA (Urban Stages), THE PROPHET OF MONTO (The Flea Theatre), AFTER LUKE AND WHEN I WAS GOD (Irish Rep), THE HAIRY APE (Irish Rep), THE FIELD (Irish Rep), PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! (Irish Rep), THE CURE, (1st Irish Best Actor Award 2013), DIRTY MONEY (Plays Upstairs), ROMEO AND JULIET (Petrolab productions), IN A BUCKET OF BLOOD (Plays Upstairs). TV /Film/Video Game credits include I Know This Much is True (HBO), Law and Order - SVU (NBC), Red Dead Redemption 2 as Sean MacGuire, (Rockstar/ Take Two), The Good Wife (CBS), Quantico (ABC), Bartender Wars (FLN), The Hindenburg Omen and Living in Exile. Michael is a company member of The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City and co-founder of The Pigeon Theatre Company. He also currently serves as the Artistic Director of Origin Theatre Company. To learn more about the work of Origin please go to
Ronán Noone (Playwright)
Noone believes in stories that resonate beyond the theatre’s door and that add ideas to the national conversation. He believes in the playwright as thinker traveling in the direction of their fear. His play The Smuggler just ended a sold out run in March at the Irish Rep in NYC. It won the Best Playwright award at the 1st Irish Festival of New York in 2019. The Second Girl was the inaugural winner of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting Award (2015) and an Edgerton Award winner in 2014. (visit for full bio)
Conor Bagley (Director)
Conor Bagley is a New York based director who is thrilled to chart this smart story, on the island it was conceived. Directing: Off-Broadway: TWO BY FRIEL by Brian Friel (Irish Rep). Regional: NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME by Erik J. Rodriguez & Charles A. Sothers (Westchester Cultural Arts Center, Miami); THE ADULT IN THE ROOM (Victory Gardens, Chicago); AN ILIAD (Atlas, DC; DCMTA's "Outstanding Performance in a Professional Production"); SHINING CITY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Yale). Assistant Directing: JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, dir. Neil Pepe; THE HOME PLACE, dir. Charlotte Moore (Irish Rep; NY Premiere); DONEGAL by Frank McGuinness, dir. Conall Morrison (Abbey Theatre, Dublin; World Premiere); OTHER DESERT CITIES, dir. Dan Foster (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). He has directed developmental readings and workshops with numerous playwrights including: Marina Carr, Larry Kirwan, Christopher Demos-Brown and Deirdre Kinahan. Producing: Broadway: THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez (Tony Award for Best Play; Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play); Once on This Island, (Tony Award for Best Musical Revival); Othello, dir. Sam Im (workshop, La MaMa). He is a Manhattan Theatre Club 2019-2020 Directing Fellow, a directing alum of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Irish American Writers & Artists. Recipient of the Irish Echo's 40 Under 40 Award, the V. Browne Irish Award for “artistic excellence” from Silliman College at Yale University, and a BroadwayWorld Regional Award for “Best Direction of a Play.”
Liam Bellman-Sharpe (Sound Design)
Liam Bellman-Sharpe (Sound Designer) is an Australian multi-disciplinarian working primarily in sound and music for live performance. Liam’s work includes musical and sonic scores and environments for theatre, dance, installation, and hybrid forms. As a composer, sound designer, orchestrator, musician, and music director, Liam’s work has been heard in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. Liam holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and an MFA in Sound Design from the Yale School of Drama.
Timothy Toothman (Stage Manager)
Timothy is pleased to return for another season at the Playhouse, where he has stage managed over two dozen productions since 2003. In addition, he has worked at numerous regional theatres including Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY; Kansas City Rep; San Jose Rep and fifteen years at Arizona Theatre Company. A member of AEA since 1974, he has been a summer Island resident since 1992 and an annual Vineyard visitor for 15 years prior to that.