March 14 and 15 marks the seventh season of Readers Theatre Repertory staging Irish theatre in a production themed A Song of Ireland. “Irish theatre is just so passionate,” says this month’s director, Mary McDonald-Lewis. “Whether classic or contemporary, the ideas, the characters, the conflict are smart, potent, amped up.”
A Galway Girl by Geraldine Aron, O’Flaherty VC by George Bernard Shaw and Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge will be presented.
McDonald-Lewis says the three plays make up “a chorus, in a way, with the central themes of what it means to be Irish repeating themselves over and over. It ends up a kind of Irish anthem.”
The plays travel back in time from a present-day look at love and marriage in Galway Girl, to WWI-era patriotism and post-traumatic stress in O’Flaherty VC, and finally to the greatest Irish tragedy, Riders to the Sea
The cast includes Jane Clark, Sarah Dresser, Cory Huff, Tim Jaeger, Heather Petersen, Chrisse Roccaro, Phil Stockton, and Jonah Weston.