Bay Area Theater & Art

The Memory Stick, SJ Stage • April 5-30


World premiere of The Memory Stick at San Jose Stage, written by Donal O’Kelly, award-winning Irish playwright and actor.

Cultures collide when Bridget, a young Chicagoan, meets a Lakota Sioux and a fellow American from Jersey on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But it isn’t long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Mystical Native American and Irish history blends magic, politics and realism in this suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising.

What makes a soldier rebel against his own army? Vivid storytelling and personal mythology have dangerous real-world consequences in this philosophical thriller. The Memory Stick examines uncertain memories of uprisings in Dublin and Wounded Knee; decades of heritage and resistance echo today in a powerful, lyrical drama about the cost of standing up against all odds. more


Daughter of a Garbageman • to May 13

Irish Culture Bay Area Special Offer! Buy one ticket, get one free (enter IRISH at checkout)

“Daughter of a Garbageman” is a tale of Maureen Langan’s 1970’s upbringing in New Jersey. Her Irish mother and Bronx-born father, a New York City sanitation worker, told her to work hard, get educated and life would reward her.

Maureen Langan is a journalist turned standup comic and talk show host. Maureen has performed on Broadway with Rosie O’Donnell and has opened for Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, Joy Behar and Gladys Knight.  She’s been featured on HBO, Gotham Live, Comics Unleashed, CBS, FOX, and HLN.  She’s performed at festivals in Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK. Daughter of a Garbageman completed a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August.

Marsh Theater, SF. Thursdays and Saturdays – EXTENDED to May 13. Tickets


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Art behind the Spirit of Ireland Award

San Jose sculptor Harry Powers was one of the San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland award recipients in 2015. Back in 2009 the artist and San Jose State University Professor Emeritus Powers was commissioned to create a thematic award for the sister city union. He said of his award sculpture, an undulating ribbon of bronze, “Of course, it goes back to James Joyce and ‘river run’ in the first and last lines of ‘Finnegans Wake,’. There’s a river through the middle of San Jose and a river through the middle of Dublin, so I seized on that as a sister-city piece.”

Check out more on the story behind the sculpture in this YouTube clip, and visit Harry Powers website

The San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland Awards are presented annually to individuals or companies whose accomplishments have exemplified the relationship between San Jose in Silicon Valley and Dublin, Ireland.

past recipients of the Spirit Of Ireland Award