Sean O'Casey

Personal Information
Sean O’Casey published several poetry collections and pamphlets before finally having a play accepted for production by the Abbey Theatre. Shadow of a Gunman marked his entry into the world of drama. Sean O'Casey engaged primarily in play writing as a means for communicating his views. Juno and the Paycock, his first big success, communicates a sour outlook on the Irish struggle for independence. The play The Plough and the Stars is named after the banner of the Irish Citizen Army and is far more unpatriotic than anything contained in Juno and the Paycock. The Irish public was outraged and branded O'Casey a traitor. "[This play] caused rioting at the Abbey Theatre on its first production in 1926." O'Casey perceived his persecution as wrongful and expressed his thoughts in his third person autobiographical Inishfallen, Fare Thee Well. During the remaining years of his life O'Casey produced many more plays, autobiographies, short stories, and articles for publication.
Playwrights' Sidewalk: Sean O'Casey has a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk.
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival The Shadow of a Gunman Playwright
2 NOMINATED 2001 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival Juno and the Paycock Playwright