Apr 22 2010 3:51pm

The Map of Lost Things

Do you like Irish myths? Magic? Goddesses? PUPPETS? If not, I don’t think we can be friends anymore. If, however, you do, and are in New York City this Friday or Saturday, you can see all of the above at Manhattan Theatre Source’s premiere of The Map of Lost Things. From the program:

Eight old Irish stories spark off stone and unfurl. Children turned into swans, salmon turned into philosophers, a sea of sadness and the music of things happening....

There are some amazing retellings—and in some cases, re-imaginings—of Irish myths woven into a modern framework, with stunning puppetry and great live music. Lír abandons his beloved crossword puzzles when his children are turned into swans; Niamh Chinn Óir begs Oisín to go to 80’s night at the Tír Na nÓg disco; and Cuchulain and Ferdia are more than just foster-brothers.  What could be better?

I can tell you!

I made dress for a war-goddess out of garbage bags and broken bits of umbrella (and copious amounts of duct tape). Also, Megan Messinger,’s very own everything, choreographed a fight with hurley sticks. Wanna see? Then go to the show!

Here, Aillil of Connacht, left, played by Logan McCoy, and Conchobar Mac Nessa, played by Evan Sokol, face off over the Brown Bull  of Cuailnge.

You can buy tickets here or at the door, at Manhattan Theatre Source, on Macdougal Street at West 8th Street.

Tá Nina Lourie ina cónai i Nua-Eabhrac agus is maith lei ceol agus puipéid.

Brit Mandelo
1. BritMandelo
What's that now? More than foster-brothers, you say? (I'm not the only one who thought that part of the Tain bo Cuailnge was kind of suggestive?)

Dammit, I wish I lived less than ten hours from New York.
Alex Brown
2. AlexBrown
Awesome! Man, it's times like this that I regret living in California. Then I remember we have sun and no snow and then I'm happy again. But still. I could go for some Punch and Judy right about now.
Megan Messinger
3. thumbelinablues
Well, *also* foster brothers. But also making out. :0) David Speer, the actor playing Ferdia, made me cry when he played Horatio with this company last year, and now he's 2 for 2. When Medbh is offering him Finnabair for a wife, if only he'll go up against Cuchulain, he says "I won't fight him." Medb responds, "But he would fight you." And the look on his face.... HEARTBREAK HEARTBREAK HEARTBREAK.

And in the original, the poem that Cuchualain recites after killing Ferdia is totally suggestive. It's like reading letters between 18th c. male friends...."your blush, your lovely form"....
4. mattysdad
How suitable would this be for a six-year-old evil genius boy?
Megan Messinger
5. thumbelinablues
mattysdad, it's not meant as children's theater, but it depends on your particular evil genius - I can see kids getting a big kick out of the puppets, especially the bulls and the Salmon of Knowledge, and some of the characters are kids, and there's fighting and music. It's like a long and very well illustrated storybook. But, so you know, the show is a full two hours and contains poetic language, a couple four-letter words, and kissing.

Let us know what you think if you go!

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