Featuring Frank McCourt’s The Irish…And How They Got That Way
By Frank McCourt
Directed by Charlotte Moore
Musical Direction and arrangements by Rusty Magee
Starring Terry Donnelly, Marian Tomas Griffin, Rusty Magee, Ciarán O’Reilly, and Ciarán Sheehan
This Event Has Been Postponed & Will Be Rescheduled
(Originally scheduled 6/8/20)
VIP Pre-Show Celebration at 6pm EDT
Public Premiere at 7pm EDT
Join us for a special screening of the 1998 Irish Rep World Premiere production of The Irish…and How They Got That Way by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man), with new video from Irish Rep co-founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, board chair Kathleen Begala, Frank McCourt’s widow and Irish Rep board chair emerita Ellen McCourt, and Frank McCourt’s brother Malachy McCourt. The video will then be available to stream through June 14.
The Irish…and How They Got That Way is an irreverent history of the Irish through the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt. His razor sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony and his boundless love for the Irish People are all underscored by glorious music extending all the way from the auld Irish folk ballades; through George M. Cohan’s patriotic love songs to America; to World War II standards sung in movies, USOs and foxholes all over the world.
The cast of the 1998 production included Terry Donnelly (Lady G), Rusty Magee ,Ciarán O’Reilly (Molly Sweeney), Ciarán Sheehan (Finian’s Rainbow), and Marian Tomas Griffin (“As the World Turns”).
This celebration is a special fundraiser in place of Irish Rep’s annual gala, which was originally scheduled for June 8, but has now been postponed. At 6PM on June 8, we will host a private pre-show reception on Zoom for VIP guests and supporters featuring a live performance by Ciarán Sheehan and live conversations with the cast and creatives. VIP and pre-event tickets starting at $500 are available now.
Advance reservations are required for the VIP reception.
The video of The Irish…and How They Got That Way will premiere to the public on Irish Rep’s YouTube channel. Follow us on YouTube to watch this premiere and more!
Irish Repertory Theatre would like to thank Kathleen Begala, Ellen McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Terry Donnelly, and Ciarán Sheehan for their participation in this special event.