Scenes from a Celtic Album, April 27-28
Shows 8pm, tickets $10 for adults, $8 for children 6 and over and adults 65 and over, free for children under 6
The Celtic note in literature is not confined only to the Celtic Fringe countries and regions (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany etc.), but also sounds its magical enchantments in the works of Shakespeare (particularly, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet), and the Arthurian lyrics of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Defining this note remains elusive, but it can be evoked and performed. It does rest on a spiritual imagination, a playful wit, a melancholy struggle with history and its facts, and, most importantly, a respect for language, fantasy, symbolism and the “reaching beyond” found in sweetly mournful music and poetry. “Scenes from a Celtic Album” offers a sampling from this feast. Audiences will watch as Arthur commands Sir Bedivere to fling Excalibur back into the lake where it was forged; they will observe Queen Mab on her strange dream-tickling nightly flights in Mercutio’s great monologue from Romeo and Juliet; they’ll witness the great O’Neill, the hero of the NineYears War against Elizabeth’s English armies struggle with the price of fame and history in Friel’s Making History; they’ll follow a small boat off the Aran Islands fight against a murderous unchained storm in Liam O’Flaherty’s extraordinary tale, The Landing; they’ll witness the strange story of how an Irish trucker’s wife meets Jesus in the small town of Moone; and they’ll smile at the whimsy of the American poet, Billy Collins’s bagatelle Afternoon with Irish Cows.