LOVE IN THE TITLE
by Hugh Leonard
Directed by Cathy Kurz
February 11-27, 2022
First Central Congregational Church
When Katie arrives in the fields of Corcamore in Ireland to paint a watercolour of the legendary stone of Clough-a-Regan, she is accompanied by the youthful versions of her mother, Triona, and her grandmother, Cat. Katie exists in the present (1999), but Triona and Cat are in their own time, 1964, and 1932. Their conversation--companionable and hostile in turn--reveals their family history and its intricate relation with the wider history of their culture.
Hugh Leonard, whose earlier works include the much beloved DA--has written a gentle and lyrical play portraying the lives of three generations of women.Their dialogue on social prejudices, religious fervour, and the perennial trouble with men is often humorous, yet it movingly evokes the mixture of nostalgia and progressiveness by which the 20th century may be remembered.
BSB's annual celebration of all things Irish will be back this year, featuring an Irish-authored play performed on the weekends, and interspersed with weeknight special events, illuminating selected aspects of Brigit's/Patrick's/Colmcille's unending vibrant and cherished culture. As we negotiate rights and finalize arrangements for this season's Festival, we look forward to offering another joyful tribute to Ireland (and our namesake, Brigit/Brighid/Brigid), a language-loving culture, rich in imagination and artistry.
Since beginning the Festival in 2014, the Theatre has mounted the plays of O'Casey, McPherson, Synge, Friel, Keane, and McCafferty; featured internationally-acclaimed poet Desmond Egan; Laura Leininger-Campbell and L. B. Buchelt's original presentation of the letters and works of James Joyce; the comic rhymes and parodies of Percy French; legendary Irish poetry laments of Eibhlin Dhubh Ni Chonaill presented by actors, then translated to fiddle by Dr. Richard Murphy; dramatizations of Frank O'Connor short stories, and an Irish Whiskey-Tasting.