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Sean O'Casey Theatre

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As a New York cabbie since the 1970's he's seen it all -the Good, the Bad and the Ugly . And now he tells all , in his own unique style.

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After a sold-out run at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City the award winning John McDonagh is bringing his one-man-play Off the Meter On the Record to Ireland. 

McDonagh, whose parents hailed from Donegal, takes his audience on a fascinating and funny ride through his 40 years behind the wheel of a New York Yellow cab. In a multi-media format, Off the Meter is not only a love letter to the ever-changing neighborhoods of New York City, it is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the bizarre world of reality television. Add a touch of politics and brushes with celebrities who are itching to get behind the wheel of a NYC yellow taxi, Off the Meter is a gift that keeps giving. When disaster strikes in NYC, RTE news goes to John McDonagh for an update. When Aine Lawlor was doing a documentary about the financial crisis, she turned to John McDonagh. When Richard Hammond wanted to learn to drive a yellow cab, he called John McDonagh. When Stephen Fry was looking for the 'real' goodfellas, he went right to John.

Don't miss the opportunity to see John McDonagh when he brings Off the Meter on the Record home to Ireland, a premiere long delayed due to COVID !

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY , on September 29th and 30th 2020

From the Irish Repertory Theatre :

"A comedic glimpse into 40 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi, Off The Meter is a pithy social commentary from New York’s most recognizable cab driver about life spent behind the wheel. John McDonagh, veteran radio host, has condensed thirty-plus years of activism, reality show antics and observation into a love song to the city that never sleeps.From the plight of the NYC homeless to the crazy demands of Upper East Side matrons, McDonagh brings the audience from laughter to tears and back again faster than the apparition of umbrella dealers on a rainy day. Throw in his tales of brushes with the rich and famous, and you have Irish storytelling at its best."

John McDonagh is a playwright, cab driver, comic and political activist. Off The Meter represents the culmination of a thirty-five year career of driving a yellow cab while trying to make a difference in the world. He is currently producer and host of Radio Free Eireann and Talk Mac, We and Thee with Malachy McCourt and Corey Kilgannon, weekly radio shows heard on Pacifica station WBAI, New York. He recently was honoured with "Bairbre Dowling Spirit of the Festival" Award from Origin Theatre Company's 1st Irish 2022.

John began his career as a NYC Yellow cab driver after serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He has been writing and performing at Caroline’s, the Comic Strip, the Huntington Cinema Arts Center, NY Society for Ethical Culture, the Puffin Room SOHO, and Rocky Sullivan’s pub among others. John is an active member of Irish American Writers and Artists. As a political activist, John was a monitor in the Nicaraguan elections in 1990, organized “Cabbies Against Bush” campaign in NYC during the 2004 republican convention, was editor of the Irish People newspaper, hosted an Irish radio show in Perth, Australia, works with Veterans for peace, and is the go-to voice of Irish American activism. John was featured in the BBC program Steven Fry in America.

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