Genre: Drama, Musical, Other

The story of a young man's Homeric passage from innocence to experience during the Irish Famine of 1847. Based on the novel The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens. Music by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan.

A TERRIBLE BEAUTY combines Behrens’ narration, Paul Sullivan on piano, the young prodigy soprano Rose Upton singing emigrant ballads and songs, and an actor portraying the book’s protagonist, set against a back drop of striking visual imagery inspired by the Famine.

This elegiac tribute to coming of age during the Famine has been called “an event of uncommon depth and artistry….stunning music, evocative reading and incomparable songs…” by the Ellsworth American, following its original performance in Maine.

The inspiration for the performance, Mr. Behrens’ novel The Law of Dreams, was called "absorbing, unsparing and beautifully written . . . a masterly novel” by The New York Times, and the New Yorker praised “Behrens's language also has a visceral rhythm, and his similes meld the humble with the lyrical.”

Peter Behrens - narrator
Paul Sullivan - piano
Rosie Uption - soprano

Open:   05/21/10
Close:   05/23/10

Friday at 8PM
Saturday at 2PM and 8PM
Sunday at 3PM
Theater:   Irish Arts Center
Address:   553 West 51st Street
New York, NY
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