"We hope to celebrate the variety of Irish cultural tradition and what better time than around St. Patrick's Day?" explains Director Nita Ritzke. "Irish tradition is deeply rooted-faith in tradition, commitment to family, rich, albeit dark, humor and uncompromising inner strength."
The entertainment will begin around the hearth, with a 7:30 PM performance of "A Pot of Broth," a one-act play by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. A light folk tale, "The Pot of Broth" combines the popular Irish character of a roaming tramp with the story of stone soup.
Following the first performance, two Irish step-dancers (daughters of U-Mary assistant professor Matthew Gerlach) and live Irish music will be performed in the Benedictine Center cafeteria, accompanied by Irish-inspired refreshments.
Events will conclude with the performance of John Synge's "Riders to the Sea," a somber tale of one family coping with their relationship to the sea.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (701) 355-8146 during business hours. Tickets also will be available at the door at a cost of $6 for general admission and $4 for seniors/high school students. Admission is free for U-Mary students, staff and faculty with MCard.
Cast and crew members (all U-Mary students):
Kristen Archer, Roy, UT
Nathan Blake, Boise, ID
John Kassner, Miles City, MT
Alice Matejcek, Wahpeton, ND
Stephanie Olson, Bottineau, ND; Minot, ND
Jacob Schwaller, East Helena, MT
Nikkita Starr, Beulah, ND
Trista Trottier, Rugby, ND
Edward Wall, Surrey, ND