Johnny O'Callaghan

Johnny O'Callaghan wrote and starred in the one-man show "Who's Your Daddy" at the Victory Theatre Center in 2011. It has been picked up by the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, an Off Broadway theater, and opens April 22. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / January 20, 2012)

The Victory Theatre Center's one-man show “Who's Your Daddy?” written by and starring Johnny O'Callaghan is heading to New York — a first for the Burbank company.

The play is directed by Tom Ormeny who shares artistic co-director billing with wife Maria Gobetti.

After the show's run at the Burbank theater in 2011, it went to the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, Maria Gobetti said. Then the producers auditioned the play in New York and the Irish Repertory Theatre heard about the auditions, asked to read the script and chose to produce it. It opens April 22.

“So it's just really really wonderful because they have such a good reputation,” she said. “And it is also in round two at the Sundance Film Festival for movie scripts. So hopefully, we keep our little fingers crossed and hope something even more comes.”

They accept a few scripts every year to work in development for film, she added, so they are hoping theirs will be one of them.

The story is about playwright O'Callaghan's real-life two-year quest to adopt a little boy he meets at an orphanage in Africa.

“We have had productions move to Germany and Paris but not to New York, so this is a big thrill for us,” Maria said. “New York is The place to move a show to.”

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