BY FIDDLE VIRACOLA
Ann Morrissey, Eamon Morrisey Fiddle
Irish Arts Center and The Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre On Tour
October 17 – November 10
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 10th!
Maeve’s House added
Wednesday, November 6th 8pm
Thursday, November 7th 8pm
Friday, November 8th 8pm,
Saturday, November 9th 2pm
Sunday, November 10th 3 pm.
$35 ($28 for IAC members)
book: online :
Artist Talk Back with Eamon Morrissey,
Fiach Mac Conghail and
Following the 8
pm performance of Maeve’s
join us for an artist talk back with Fiach
Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey
Aidan Connolly, Executive Director
of the Irish Arts Center and
Wednesday, October 30 | 9:30 pm
Written by and starring
Years have gone by since
Brian Friel’s Philadelphia
Here I Come came
to America. Eamon Morrissey, in it then,
evolved to the revered star of 100 plays
at the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin; tv series
star in Ireland and London etc. and
current author and star of Maeve’s
the Irish Arts Center that is playing to
packed houses. Meeting Eamon now, opens
my book to another page.
Eamon’s purpose: Have
New Yorkers discover the
life of iconic New Yorker writer
Maeve Brennan. She dictates the flow
of the play, is never seen but his
recall highlights the unexpected,
mysterious, similarities first found in
Reading Brennan’s tales
unravels his fog of time. He’s amazed.
His mirror’s reflection fits into hers
like a pieces in a puzzle. “ There are
things we know without knowing that we
know them” John Bradshaw (counselor,
motivational speaker) wrote. Eamon
wrote what he feels strongly about. How
refreshing in this voyeuristic time of
trivial, copy-cat scribes.
brilliant. She’s a bit overlooked” he
said to Rebecca Mead from
The New Yorker hosting
the Q and A.
“Maeve writes silence;
she speaks resignation. She writes sad
people who have lost hope; characters
restricted in their way of thinking.
She’s totally specific at the beginning
of a story. It’s exact. It’s precise.
Memory is very doubting.
Each time we tell a story we change and
it can change.
Wisdom and recall Eamon elevates to
artistry. The audience nods in
agreement or elbows a person near by
Me too: Yes, we
remember the stories we tell about our
lives; we invent our lives in the
What a splendid rare
journey with Eamon. It’s not memory
retention, but special story telling.
It’s his act of faith with a great
I leave inspired. Eamon
was open when
he first read Brennan’s article. Look
what it led too
O.k. Remember: be more
open. Remember Henry Miller’s
aim of life is to live, and to live
means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly,
serenely, divinely aware.
Eamon Morrissey pushed
the first domino .An Irish- people- pot
pouri who crossed my horizon return for
a psychic visit.: Patrick Bedford.
Donal Donnelly, Milo O’shea Geraldine
Fitzgerald, Aideen o Kelly, Helena
Carroll, Siobhan Mckenna. Mary Tierney,
Eileen O’ Casey, Brian Friel, Lord
Kilannin, Hilton Edwards, Vincent
Dowling, Michael Mac Liammore, Edward
Mulhare. The O’Toole, Eugene Foley,
Seamus Kelly, Malachy Mc Cort etc.
takes on entirely new meaning.
When acting in a play at
Dublin’s Gate Theatre, the actors hotel
closed early locking me out. Eamon
Morrissey walked me around the River
Liffey, talking to tinkers, truck
drivers and street characters until my
His wonderful wife Ann
remembers my visiting her hospital room
telling her a Sanskrit Buddhist chant.
shall always be throwing confetti in