Scranton to Scotland, “The Darling Core” Begins International Tour this Summer

“The Darling Core”, an original dark comedy co-created and co-starring Scranton, PA natives Simone Daniel & Conor Anthony O’Brien, is set to return to Off-Broadway (NYC) and make an international debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland, UK).

(Scranton, PA) – The New Vintage Ensemble has a mission to engage new audiences and reinvent the familiar. This summer, it will accomplish both objectives through a revived tour of an original production that explores place, time, and emotional tempests.

“The Darling Core”, a dark comedy co-created and co-starting Simone Daniel and Conor Anthony O’Brien, will make its international debut this summer at the 2017 Edinburgh FringeFestival in Scotland. Prior to hopping the pond, “The Darling Core” will appear as a part of the highly-celebrated East to Edinburgh Festival at 59e59 Theatres in New York City.

In addition to appearances in NYC and the UK, special preview performances will be presented in partnership with The Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA in July.

“We are delighted to be kicking off our 2017 ‘Darling Core’ tour with our friends and partners in historic Honesdale,” said Maggie O’Brien, the supervising producer for the production and a member of The New Vintage Ensemble. “The warmth and openness of the space and the community The Cooperage Project has created provides the perfect platform for this original and charming tale.”


“The Darling Core” is an original dark comedy about the original dark couple. Adam and Lilith (from Judeo-Christian lore) have existed for all known history and have chosen – out of delight or desperation – to spend the last century as vaudevillian performers. As the play leaps between the on-stage facades and the off-stage fights, Adam and Lilith explore the constantly challenging questions of their past and futures.

“The Darling Core” originally premiered at the 2014 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival where O’Brien received the Award for Best Actor of The Festival for his portrayal of Adam. Throughout the past three years, the work has been performed twice in Scranton and most recently in Manhattan at The Cell Theatre on 23rd Street.

Guest artist Daniel Holme serves as director for this newly revived tour of the production, building upon its strong foundation while bringing a new creative eye to the piece.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the legacy of ‘The Darling Core’,” said Holme. “I’m excited to be peeling back the layers and discovering – with the hope of exposing – the more immediate question the play asks.”

An award-winning actor and theatre maker, Daniel attended The BRIT School of Performing Arts and trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Maggie O’Brien (original production director / developer) returns as the supervising producer on behalf of the New Vintage Ensemble.


The Cooperage Project (Honesdale, PA, USA) – July 7 & 8, 2017

59e59 Theatres (New York, NY, USA) – July 11 & 16, 2017

The Royal Terrace (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – August 21 through 26, 2017


Founded in 2013, the New Vintage Ensemble is a collective of theater artists primarily based within Northeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to producing innovative theater while helping the art community of the Scranton region thrive. Establishing itself as a primarily professional troupe, the New Vintage Ensemble believes in empowering its artists through artistic as well as financial support. Our distinctive style and passion for engaging audiences has resulted in award-winning and internationally-recognized productions as well as regional premieres of original works. Learn more at


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was established in 1958, eleven years after the birth of the Fringe in 1947, when the first performers turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe is an open access festival – any artist or company can take part regardless of their experience or success and the festival is not programmed or run by an artistic director or any selection body.

As a registered charity, the Fringe Society exists to support all participants, industry professionals, media and audience members who attend the Fringe from all around the world,and to produce accurate and up-to- date information and ticketing for audiences, and to raise the profile of the festival as a whole. Learn more at


Since 2004, The Drama Desk Award-winning 59E59 Theaters has been dedicated to bringing the best new work from around the country and across the world to premiere in New York. Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown, just east of Central Park, this Off Broadway destination is a spectacular, modern theater complex boasting three spaces and presenting live performances six days a week, 50 weeks a year. The East to Edinburgh Festival showcases North American companies performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prior to their departures for the UK. Learn more at


The Cooperage Project is a 501c3 not-for- profit organization that seeks to build community through performance events and learning opportunities. For more information on The Cooperage Project, visit