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Event Series Event Series: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music

O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music

March 16 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Middlebury Acting Company presents O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music by Patrick Ball and Peter Glazer
Middlebury Acting Company teams up with Bald Mountain Theater to present a moving and musical celebration for St. Patrick’s Day.

“We’ll never drive them out, MacCabe. We can only play to them, make them more Irish than the Irish” – Turlough O’Carolan

In the late 17th century, England invaded Ireland and took great tracts of land from the local people, installing English Gentry as overlords and creating misery among the Irish.

O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music follows the life of Turlough O’Carolan, a beloved blind 18th Century Irish Harpist and bard. His tale is told through eyes of fellow poet Charles MacCabe, O’Carolan’s lifelong friend and traveling companion. But their deep friendship reflects the turbulent times. O’Carolan is willing to play for the invading English gentry, while MacCabe refuses to entertain them. Can their friendship survive this crucial test?

While the music and story spring from the 17th Century invasion, the play seems as current as our own troubled times. This show, performed by master reader and actor Ethan Bowen, is interspersed with O’Carolan’s classic tunes arranged for the guitar and played by local author and musician Stephen Kiernan.
Town Hall Theater will be configured so that the audience and actors share an intimate space suggesting an Irish Pub. Come share in this lovely tale with the feel and sound of Ireland. Libations available!
This production, directed by Andrew Ritter, was originally staged at Vermont Stage Company in 2003, under the direction of Mark Nash.
Opening on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 pm and playing Saturday the 16th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 17th at 2pm.
For tickets and information call Town Hall Theater at 802-382-9222 or go to the THT website:


March 16
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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68 S. Pleasant Street
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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