Word for Word on Kevin Barry – June 26 – July 21, 2024

Word for Word—known for bringing short fiction to life on the stage—present the work of Irish author and short story master Kevin Barry for their first full production this year, which runs from June 26 through July 21.
The three works include Who’s-Dead McCarthy, a tale featuring a self-appointed messenger of death in a small Irish city who cannot stop himself from gleefully chronicling and gossiping about the details of the deaths of others to everyone he meets. A tale perfect for those who like their humor a wee bit dark.

In The Wintersongs two strangers meet on a train in Ireland. One, a world-weary old busybody, cautions a younger woman whose life journey has just begun as they both hurtle through the countryside under “the arc of a weak sun” heading toward Dublin. If this story were wine, its descriptor might read, “includes notes of humor, regret, anticipation and Flannery O’Connor.”

The Coast of Leitrim tells the story of a solitary Irish man who falls in love with a Polish woman after meeting her in a café. Finding himself smitten upon leaving the café, he falls down a Google-fueled rabbit hole while trying to translate her social media posts. The result is a European union of sorts between the two that grows more intense and complicated as it deepens, because well, we are our histories, both real and imagined. 

“Barry’s stories are at once playful, serious, and beautifully crafted, and provide a needed balm for us in these turbulent times,” says JoAnne Winter, Word for Word Artistic Director

What: Word for Word Presents Who’s-Dead McCarthy: Stories by Kevin Barry
When:  June 26 through July 21 (previews June 26, 27, 28; press opening Saturday, June 29), 20 performances total
Where: Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco 
Tickets: $40 – $65 (previews are sliding scale); Tickets at
Note: The Sunday June 30 and Thursday July 18 shows will be masked performances

Girl From North Country – July 30 – August 18

The North American Tour of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY will perform a limited engagement at BroadwaySF’s Golden Gate Theatre (1 Taylor St., San Francisco) beginning Tuesday, July 30 and running through Sunday, August 18, 2024. Written and directed by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson and featuring Tony Award-winning orchestrations by Simon HaleGIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including “Forever Young,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hurricane,” “Slow Train Coming,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” Tickets ($49–$150) are available now by visiting Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 888-746-1799 opt. 3 or emailing [email protected].

San Francisco Sea Music Festival 2024 • August 17

The San Francisco Sea Music Festival will be a lively day of free sea music and festivities, bringing the whole waterfront to life. Set against the picturesque backdrop of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Fisherman’s Wharf, this exciting event will feature multiple stages at Aquatic Park, the Crab Wheel Plaza, and more. We will be celebrating sea music traditions from around the world and offering a diverse lineup of music and dance performances. Join us for a music-filled day, honoring the spirit of the sea! Liz Carroll, Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band, Shay Black, Amelia Hogan, Richard Mandel and Maureen Brennan among the extensive lineup.

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