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It’s 1928 in the Horseshoe slum of Jersey City, NJ and “No Irish Need Apply”.  Hungry to escape his low status, Teddy Devlin aligns himself with the notorious boss mayor, Frank “I’m the law” Hague.  While proud to be a part of the machine that empowers the Irish, Teddy struggles to accept the damage it does to all the other immigrants. It's the American way, but is it the right way?

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Speranza Theatre Company presents 


Written by Margo Hammond
Directed by Mikaela Kafka

Mayor Frank Hague........Frank Hankey

Kitty Devlin.....................Ruby Hankey

Sophie Capellupo..........Heather Wahl

Teddy Devlin.........Nick Radu-Blackburn

Dutch/Announcer.....rey Radu-Blackburn

Various 1.......................Osborn Focht

Various 2..........................Jason Faust

Stage Directions............Kimberly Bollard

Meet the Company

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About the Playwright
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MARGO HAMMOND’s plays have been presented in London, Milan, NYC, Colorado Springs, San Diego, Abingdon, VA and at various other theatres across the U.S. Her play Mistress Marlene is published in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2015” and her play Mae the Magnificent received 1st Place (The Standing Ovation Award) in their 2019 anthology. Margo’s full-length, Let Maisy Rest In Peace was part of Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of New Plays 2019. Also 1st Prize recipient of the Jerry Kaufman Award for Excellence in Playwriting 2016. New play Blades was published in Applause Books’ “Best New 10-Minute Plays 2021” and it was recently presented in Asheville NC at The Magnetic Theatre and at Naked Angels here in NYC. member of Dramatist Guild, Actors Studio PDU and American Renaissance Theatre Co, AEA, SAG/AFTRA

​Discover, support, and enjoy the Jersey City art and business community. 

During JC Fridays, we invite you to tour galleries, businesses, event venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and enjoy the spirit and culture of the city as you mingle with other residents and visitors. All events are free and open to the public.


Whether you're a seasoned art patron or exploring the arts for the first time, JC Fridays is for you. 

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Speranza Theatre Company is a non-profit women's theatre company and member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Founded to provide an opportunity for artists, particularly females, to share their voices through entertaining and challenging theatre, Speranza presents professional theatrical performances, free readings of new works, and educational programming.


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This program is made possible by support from the Museum of Jersey City History and a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners.

This program is made possible by support from the Museum of Jersey City History, The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and a grant...

We are grateful to all of the donors who make Speranza Theatre Company possible.

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