WINNER OF THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRIGHTING AT THE 2014 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
First sketched in Brooklyn on the night of Hurricane Sandy, The Flood plays out between two couples gathered to weather a raging tempest outside as a hidden tragedy stirs up yet another storm within. It's a story about the burning need to connect in conflict with the desire for self-reliance, about the things we're afraid to say and the prices we pay for not saying them, and about modern female strength colliding with vintage male stoicism in a city that insists upon both.
The Flood is the first play by writer/director Daniel McCabe. After a public reading at the Irish Repertory Theatre, it's premiere in the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival saw it become the first of more than 200 participating companies to sell out its entire run, ultimately winning the festival's Award for Excellence in Playwrighting.
“A writer reminiscent of the great Eugene O’Neill, McCabe is likewise fascinated by
‘the veil of things as they seem drawn back by an unseen hand.’
In his debut play The Flood, McCabe makes the eyes apparent behind the masks of our everyday selves."
-COLUM MCCANN, 2009 National Book Award winner
for Let the Great World Spin and author of Transatlantic
“Four people trapped by a killer storm and their own fears and failures.
This is the setting for Daniel McCabe's powerful first play. Poignant and startling,
it heralds the arrival of a bright new talent.”
-TERRY GEORGE, Oscar-winning writer/director
of Hotel Rwanda and writer of In the Name of the Father
“The Flood is a tightly written, artfully paced, first-rate piece of theatre.
This is a play with something to say. It deserves to be heard."
-PETER QUINN, 1995 American Book Award Winner for Banished Children of Eve
“A powerful work. McCabe’s writing is not alone lyrical but insightful.”
-MALACHY MCCOURT, author of NY Times Bestseller A Monk Swimming
"Set on the fateful night Hurricane Sandy hit the five boroughs,
at the center of this drama is a poignant meditation on the fate of love."
-CAHIR O'DOHERTY, The Irish Voice newspaper