Theatre Music Literature

The Lament for Art O’Leary

Paul Muldoon’s new translation of the greatest love poem written in the Irish language, featuring music by Horslips


$32 general / $26 members

Feb 22, 2019 – Feb 23, 2019


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Translated by Paul Muldoon
Music by Jim Lockhart
Featuring Lisa Dwan, Paul Muldoon, and Ruth Smith
With Jim Lockhart, Barry Devlin and Johnny Fean of Horslips, plus Ray Kubian

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon presents his new translation of the greatest love poem written in the Irish language, in an extraordinary, genre-defying performance featuring Muldoon and acclaimed actors Lisa Dwan (The Beckett Trilogy, London, BAM) and Ruth Smith (Once: The Musical, Dublin), with original music performed live by members of the legendary Irish rock band Horslips.

Composed in 1773 by O’Leary’s widow, Eileen, “Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire” (“The Lament for Art O’Leary”) tells the story of a young cavalryman’s persecution and murder by a tyrannical landowner.

Friday, February 22 | 8pm
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm & 8pm

“This poem presents a picture of Irish society every bit as devilishly complex as we all know it to be.”— Paul Muldoon







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