PORTSMOUTH — The Players’ Ring kicks off its 22nd main stage season with the world premiere of Black Mayo, an original play by Margaret McAleese.
In “Black Mayo”, an Irish-American family in New York City feud over their political beliefs in the weeks leading up to the 1998 peace agreement between Ireland and Great Britain. As Brighid Mannion tries to shun her family who support the Irish Republican Army’s causes, she is faced with personal challenges along the waterway of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, a gateway to NYC’s harbor and waterway back to Ireland. The boat she builds becomes a symbol of resiliency and shame, as her family loyalty is tested. A clan of barkeeps and artists, the Mannion family tries to persevere from centuries of political struggles, while maintaining their dignity as their legacy haunts them.
Performances will be held August 30-September 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays, September 1 and 8, 7:00 p.m., and Sun., September 15 at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a special event taking place on August 30, in celebration of opening The Players’ Ring 22nd Season. Come for refreshments and live Irish music by Press Room Friends at 7:00 p.m., as well as a talk back with the actors, director and playwright after the performance!
Tickets $15.00 General and $12.00 Students, Seniors and Members.
Players’ Ring is located at 105 Marcy Street in Portsmouth. To purchase tickets online and more information, visit www.playersring.org, or call 603-436-8123.