When celebrating St Patrick’s Day, many seem to boil it down to going to a bar, and thanking the Irish for an excuse to drink early on a weekend. While there’s nothing wrong with that, this past weekend’s festivities also included some events that celebrated not just the Irish tradition of drinking, but also the culture, history, and people of Ireland.
On Friday, March 17 The Parsons Nose Theater decided to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by holding a reading of Irish jokes, poems, and songs, which described different facades of Irish history. The group started by performing various poems about how life in Ireland would be and showed how people in that culture see the world around them. From there they transitioned into some Irish comedy, which lightened the mood of the room and had the audience laughing. After “Aand ode to water,” the night ended with musical performances where the audience clapped and some sang along. Each performance showed different aspects of Irish culture beyond the reputation being able to handle a drink or two.
“I love the language of the evening” said Mary Chalon, Cofounder of the theater company. “and the sense of chaos to a certain extent because I think the whole world of Irish expression is passionate and somewhat chaotic.”. said Mary Chalon, Cofounder of the theater company.
While the group have performed for many years and have tackled many classic plays this is the first time they’ve done something for St Patrick’s Day. Thisat is due to the factbecause this is the first time they’ve had a location to call their own
“We wanted to kind of see, get a little feel for this place because we haven’t performed here yet”, said Jill Rogosheske, a member of the theater group for 15 years. “I like the ambiance of the space very much”.
With the new location and a brand-new performance one thing that the people at Parsons Nose Ttheater want to do is make theater less intimidating for new audiences. Many times, the realm of theater seems to have a disconnect with people because it feels like there’s a divide between the performers and the viewers. A goal of Lance Davis, cofounder and art director, is to give new visitors a foundation of knowledge of what a play is so they can understand the art.
“People shouldn’t be intimidated”, Lance says as he relaxes after the show. “Our idea is that if you see what we’re doing here then if you go up to Ashland or something, you’ll have the basic idea of what the play is about and then you’ll be able to get into it more”.
The performance did seem to draw people to the venue. By the time Friday rolled around both March 17 and March 18 performances were fully booked. The group hopes to continue that success at their new venue with their next series of shows that will focus on classic 1940s radio shows The Lone Ranger and Flash Gordon being brought back for audiences to see live March 25th and 26th.