IRISH FESTIVAL 4

Play & Events

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MARCH 10-26

The Reviews are in...

PLAY: $25 (General Admission) / $20 (Student/Senior/Military)  |  EVENTS: $15 (All)

 

The PLAY

QUIETLY, by Owen McCafferty | Fridays, March 10th, 17th, 24th (7:30pm-9:00pm)

                         ..........................Saturdays, March 11th, 18th, 25th (7:30pm-9:00pm)

                         .............................Sundays, March 12th, 19th, 26th (2:00pm-3:30pm)

"Do you want to know why I’m here?"

 

"Tonight, in a small back-street bar, while Northern Ireland plays Poland on the TV, Jimmy and Ian will meet for the first time. They share a violent past and this is a conversation that’s been brewing for more than 20 years…

 

Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the guns were silenced but the chasm between the Republican and Unionist sides remains wide and bitter.

 

Quietly is a story about what happened in a particular bar in 1974, but also what happened in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 90s. It is a “powerful, “gripping” play about violence and forgiveness and the ‘spiritual lesson of time and healing.’"   Irishrep.org

 

"Superb . . . both harrowing and heartening" (The New Yorker).

"Truly remarkable . . . like watching an eggshell try to contain a landmine" (Time Out Dublin).

 

“It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than Quietly." (New York Times).

 

"A spiritual lesson about time and healing." (Irish Examiner).

Having enjoyed international success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it was premiered at the Abbey in the fall of 2012. Since then, it has toured throughout Ireland and the US, most recently in 2016 at the Irish Rep and has won numerous awards including the Writers’ Guild Awards Best Play of 2013, Fringe First Award 2013, and the Stage Awards Best Actor 2013.

Directed by Cathy Kurz

 

The EVENTS

Amhran:  Irish Song and Stories | Monday, March 13th (7:30pm-8:30pm)

Amhran (Ow-Rahn) is Irish for song--in Ireland almost always springing from an old story or legend.  This playful evening brings together the gifted musician and singer Jill Anderson with resident Irish storyteller Barry Murphy to bring you your favorite Irish songs and the lilt of the stories from which they came.

Visiting Irish Poet, Desmond Egan | Tuesday, March 14th (7:30pm-8:30pm)

 

Celebrated by artists and writers (from Beckett to Hugh Kenner to Studs Terkel) and honored with numerous international awards, Athlone-born Egan has been called the most acclaimed living poet in Ireland, and BSB is honored with this very special visit from him.  Introduced by Hugh Reilly, Mr. Egan will read from his exquisite and elegantly-rendered poems. A truly rare encounter.

Turbulent Times: Growing up in Belfast  (​March 23, 7:30pm-8:30pm)

 

A rare opportunity to hear and speak with a woman, wife, and mother who makes "the Troubles" real and personal, recounting what it was like to live in Belfast and to lose her home to bombs and loved ones to violence. To be "the other" in her own country.