Bumbershoot – The Plays of Jeffrey James Ircink

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author resume

A Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jeff has appeared in various stage productions in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, including Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Best Actor – OVATION), Jeff in 17 Days, Space Punk in Starmites, Don in A Chorus Line, Martin/The Old Man in Fools for Love(2x), Jack in Jack and Jill, HAIR, special guest star for A MODERN SALON at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, and Mickey/Narrator in Blood Brothers(3x). He’s also appeared in the films Silent Killer with Joe Lando and Michael Gross, The Last Breath with Bruce Boxleitner, Terminal Error with Michael Nouri, Tumbleweeds with Janet McTeer and music videos for Robbie Williams and Cypress Hill.

As a playwright, Jeff’s plays have taken him to Manhattan, Seattle, Miami, Sydney, Dayton, Belfast, Milwaukee, Fort Lauderdale, Bel Air, Iowa City and Greendale, WI. His first play, THE GOLGOTHA CRUX. , had its premiere stage reading at Urban Theater Project of Iowa in May 2004 and went on to become a finalist in Dayton Playhouse’s FUTUREFEST (2004); a semi-finalist for the Wagner College Stanley Drama Award in New York (2004), and was an honorable mention in the 73rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (2004).

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Other plays include


CHROMOSOME 21 (full-length, family drama)

BITE Theatre Emerging Playwrights Reading Series, 2012

(full-length, Heuer Publishing Co., 2006)

The Stray Dawg Theatre Company, Belfast, Ireland, April 2006

Manhattan Theatre Source/Bleeker Street Irregulars Theatre Company, Manhattan, New York City, May 2007

(10-minute, mature; Heuer Publishing Co., 2009)

 UNcover:  a two night art exhibition with an erotic vibe, juried show, awarded BEST OF SHOW, Cedar Rapids, IA, March 2007 (directed)

*  Los Angeles premiere – Drake’s Erotica Emporium, West Hollywood, August 2007

*  Semi-finalist, Short+Sweet Sydney, The Biggest Little Play Festival in the World, Australia, 2007

*  Semi-finalist – Asphalt Jungle Shorts IV, Ontario, Canada, 2008

The Little Red Studio’s Erotic Shorts Festival, Seattle, WA, 2009

*  Opening night artist’s-only show for Seattle Erotic Art Festival, 2009

*  Southeast/Florida Premiere, City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival/Undershorts, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, May 28 – June 28, 2009

PASS THE SALT, PLEASE short film adaptation, starring Fionnula Flanagan and Seymour Cassel, executive producers Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Arthur Edstrom nd Radha Mitchell, directed by Tatjana Najdanovic. Official selection to 34 film festivals around the world, including Oregon, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Milwaukee, Seattle, Austin, London, Belgrade, Sydney, Spain, China, Warsaw, Italy and Romania, and has won 5 awards, including Palm Springs International ShortFest, WorldFest (Houston, Gold Remi) and Cinequest (San Jose, Special Jury Prize).  See Kickstarter promotional trailer here.

4 ½ MINUTES (give or take) TO CLIMAX
(short, comedy)


BILLY BALFOOR WANTS AN APOLOGY (10-min., dark dramedy)

*  Semi-finalist, Short+Sweet/Brisbane, Australia, August 2009

*  Finalist, Short+Sweet Sydney, Australia, produced February 16-20, 2011 at Newtown Theatre, Syndey

Short film in post-production in Sydney, Australia

(10-min., drama)

*  Semi-finalist, Short+Sweet Sydney, Australia, December 2008

(one-act, dramatic Civil War piece)

*  Staged play reading at Trimborn Farm in Greendale, WI, September 25, 2010 (directed/produced)





AMOR NON FLUXO (“Love in Flux”) – an erotic trilogy, including “Pass the Salt, Please.”, “4 ½ Minutes (give or take) to Climax” and REVEILLE! (one-act)


(full-length) – stage adaptation of the film, The Sand Pebbles


Works-in-progressTHE METAMORPHOSES OF AN ASHCAN (or The Dominican, a Satyr and Nymph, Two Vaudevillians and a Clown Discuss Matters of Substance Over Goat Cheese and Tea); HOW TO KILL A BOY (full-length, dark dramedy); HOW TO BE GOD-LIKE AND STILL LEAVE YOUR UNDERWEAR ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR (10-min.); HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (short); THE EXONERATION OF DANIEL E. SICKLES (historical, full-length drama/based on a true story); a full-length stage adaptation of the novel, A Sad Affair, and two plays on Frank Lloyd Wright.


Jeff is a Beach Boys and Brett Favre groupie, is learning to play the Irish tin whistle, loves everything Celtic and would rather be bow hunting or fishing on a lake than doing whatever he’s doing at this very moment. He publishes the blog, Passion = Truth, contributes to the blog, Ditalini Press, and self-published a photography book, Passion = Truth, a photographic essay of life’s truths, available at Blurb.


He resides in an “original” in Greendale, Wisconsin.

email:  jeffbumbershoot43@gmail.com, irc_64@hotmail.com


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