For thirty years Milwaukee Irish Arts has brought the Irish story to American audiences. We now have the exciting opportunity to tell an American story written by an Irish author to both an American and an Irish audience.
White Woman Street, a play by Irish author, Sebastian Barry, tells the story of a collection of misfits who have banded to together as robbers in Ohio in 1916. We are drawn to tell this story because we believe it expresses in a poetic and beautifully lyrical way the broad and complex tapestry of American life known particularly to the emigrant and the displaced who, of necessity, had to adapt to its demands in order to survive. Each of the character’s stories is woven into the rich fabric of an epic western tale.
Since our founding in 1983 it has been our mission to bring classical and modern Irish playwrights to the attention of American audiences in the Midwest and beyond. We believe we have succeeded in no small way in dispelling the perception of our homeland of what we call paddywhackery, which was the norm for a long time preceding our emergence here in Milwaukee. We continue to host the theatre component of our adopted city’s renowned Irish Fest, held annually on Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline. This provides Irish Fest, the largest Irish festival in the United States if not the world, the distinction of being the only one amongst many to offer its visitors three full days of live theatre. Standing room only audiences at this venue year after year testify to the acclaim we have received for our efforts. We are also proud founding members of the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival and it is conjunction with this year's festival and our production of White Woman Street to be preformed there that we are asking for your support.
Acting Irish has grown from four original groups in the United State and Canada to presently over ten members, with two of its groups residing in Ireland. Over the past twenty years the festival has alternated between cities in the United States and Canada but this year for the first time the festival will take place in Dublin, Ireland May 14th through May 20th.
Underway with an experienced and skilled cast, we are thrilled about this theatrical opportunity but also recognize the many challenges it presents. Your donations will help us meet the costs to costume and outfit this period piece, arrange and record music of the time period, add the proper atmosphere to suggest the changing times of day and locations through lighting, and finally help us transport our production to Ireland.
We hope you will agree that our cause is a worthy one and that you will be generous of heart and contribute however small to its fruition. We thank you and be assured that you will be with us in spirit when we bring White Woman Street to Ireland.
Milwaukee Irish Arts is a non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
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