For the first time ever, the story of the Molly Maguires will be told on an Irish stage as “Sons of Molly Maguire” by John Kearns to make its Irish debut next month.
“Sons of Molly Maguire” by John Kearns will makes it’s Irish Premiere at the Liberty Hall Theatre on the 10th and 11th May. Having previously played at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City, where it was nominated for five awards, this will be its first performances outside of the United States.
One hundred and forty years ago, in 1877 , ten Irish immigrants were executed for their alleged role in the deaths of mine owners, foremen and police in the Pennsylvania coal fields . Their hanging remains the largest mass execution in United States history, and is remembered as “The Day of the Rope.” All were accused of being members of a secret society called The Molly Maguire’s. A further ten men would also hang in the following years, many of them proclaiming their innocence. One of those executed would receive a pardon a full century after his death.
John Kearns tells their story, in a drama described by The Irish Echo as an “… effective blending of pageant, mime, kitchen sink realism, and even flights of poetry.”
Playwright John Kearns will be in Dublin for this production:
“I am thrilled to have Sons of Molly Maguire bring this story to the Irish stage for the first time. It truly is a transatlantic tale: The Irish who came to the 19th century coal fields of Pennsylvania faced the same sort of prejudice, discrimination, and exploitation that they had tried to leave behind with the Great Hunger. And, sadly, many immigrants coming to the United States are still encountering these issues today.”
This production of “Sons of Molly Maguire” is part of Mayfest 2017 at Liberty Hall Theatre, a two week celebration of Workers Culture.
Playwright John Kearns stresses the importance of the choice of theatre for this Irish premiere:
“Liberty Hall, the venue for Sons of Molly Maguire, could not be better for a drama about labour martyrs as it is associated with two of the most significant figures in the history of Ireland’s organised working class —- Jim Larkin and James Connolly.”
CONTACT : John Kearns is available for interviews and comments : firstname.lastname@example.org
John will be in Ireland between April 29th and May 12th.
For further information or comment on Mayfest contact: Brian Treacy 0862536130 or Scott Millar 0876628658
Directed by Dara Carolan, whose previous credits include “Brothers of the Brush” by Jimmy Murphy, “The Risen People” by James Plunkett, “Shadow of A Gunman” by Sean O Casey and “Big Maggie” by John B Keane.
About John Kearns: He is the Treasurer and Salon Producer for Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A). He is the author of the short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World, along with plays including In the Wilderness and In a Bucket of Blood. Sons of Molly Maguire has previously been performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York, and this is the first production outside of the United States.