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Black Mayo

May 27, 2013

My latest full-length play has been selected to open the 22nd mainstage season of the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH.

In the weeks leading up to the 1998 peace agreement between Ireland and Great Britain, an Irish-American family in New York City feud over their political beliefs. 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.

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