Philadelphia, PA - Inis Nua Theatre Company is kicking off its 20th Anniversary Season by teaming up with Fergie's Pub for the return of the Pop Up Play in a Pub series.  This beloved annual tradition will expand to include two shows this season by popular demand. First up, 10 Dates with Mad Mary, by Irish-Pakistani playwright Yasmine Akram, will run from September 6 to 17, 2023.

Inis Nua Theatre Company Teams Up With Fergie's Pub For Pop-up Play In A Pub Series With A Handmade Pie, Cold Pint, And Side Of Comedic Theatre

This raucous one-woman show tells the story of Mary McArdle, a tough and troubled young woman trying to find a date for her best friend’s wedding.10 Dates will be directed by Inis Nua, Artistic Director Kathryn MacMillan, and stars Anna Faye Lieberman as Mad Mary. Next, Inis Nua presents the American premiere of Madame Ovary by English playwright Rosa Hesmondhalgh.

This comic-drama begins on New Year’s Eve with Rosa, a young woman ready to embark on a self-improvement campaign in the new year. But when the unexpected happens–an advanced cancer diagnosis–Rosa has to re-evaluate priorities, and her only goal becomes survival. Madame Ovary is directed by beloved Philadelphia actor and director Charlotte Northeast and features Satchel Williams (Inis Nua’s 100 Words for Snow).

The Pop Up Play in a Pub series offers audiences a unique immersive experience that transports them to their favorite pub in Edinburgh. Beer and a British-style hand pie are included in the ticket price and accompany what is always a good time upstairs at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street). Audiences can expect hilarious and sometimes shocking nights at the pub while being surprised by subversive storytelling from Ireland and England. Coupled with drinks and good food, it’s a great way to welcome the colder nights of late fall.

Tickets for both shows are $32 each and are on sale now by calling (215) 454-9776 or visiting

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