Hugh Farrell and Billie de Buitléar
With Irish emigration at its core, Parcel from America weaves a musical story of loved ones who were forced to leave and those who had to stay behind, and the great power and significance of one particular parcel sent home from America.
Set in 1950s West Limerick, Parcel from America weaves a musical tale of a quirky widow, a spirited neighbour boy, and the great power and significance of parcels sent home by loved ones from that fabled land across the sea – America. The original songs, written by Malcolm Hillgartner and well-known Irish composer, Kevin Corcoran, are lush and beautiful with a healthy nod to traditional Irish music.
Tickets €20 | €18 concession (student/OAP)
Running time 105 mins including a 15 min interval
For ages 6+
MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF THE STORY BY Tomáseen Foley
BOOK AND LYRICS BY Jahnna Beecham, Michael J. Hume, Malcolm Hillgartner
MUSIC BY Malcolm Hillgartner and Kevin Corcoran
DIRECTED BY J.R. Sullivan
ASSITANT DIRECTOR Billie de Buitléar
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY Kevin Corcoran
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Joey Moro
SET DESIGN BY Pai Rathaya
COSTUME DESIGN BY Eithne Carey
SOUND DESIGN BY Tyler Kieffer
CHOREOGRAPHY BY Diane Richardson
PRODUCED BY Hugh Farrell and Billie de Buitléar
Lucia Mac Partlin: Violin
Kevin Corcoran: Piano
Aimée Farrell Courtney: Bodhran
Conor Arkins: Whistle
Cathal Curran: Bouzouki
About the company…
The writing team for Parcel From America is an International blend. The story is by Tomáseen Foley from rural West Limerick. The book and lyrics are by award-winning playwriting team Jahnna Beecham, Michael J. Hume and Malcolm Hillgartner, whose musicals have been produced all over the US and Canada and are published by Concord Theatricals and Broadway Licensing. The songs and arrangements are by Hillgartner and Dublin’s Kevin Corcoran, who tours with Conor O’Brien’s Villagers whose album Fever Dreams was a 2021 nominee for Best Album of the Year in Ireland. This collective has been working on the musical for almost 4 years with workshops at the New Theatre in Dublin, Irish Theatre Chicago, and the Richard Hay Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. They are thrilled to premiere this musical in Ireland, where the story is rooted, and particularly Dublin, where their journey began.
All of the playwrights’ royalties will go to the International Rescue Committee Ukraine.