Of Politics, Tragedy and Tractors

A fascinating discussion at the Embassy tonight.

A fascinating discussion at the Embassy tonight.

An action-packed evening here in Dublin.  After a fascinating discussion from an editor of Politico, I dashed across town in time to snag a seat at the Gate Theater for the play My Cousin Rachel.

It’s a stirring tale of that reminds us of the tragedy of assuming the worst in others when they’ve given no real reason for skepticism. It’s so beautifully written that you struggle along with the protagonist until the very end.

Fortunately for me, it’s easy to find one unclaimed seat even in a full theater house. On Monday nights at the Gate, all seats are bargain priced at €25.  More than I usually pay for a seat in Dublin, but an opportunity to visit another famous play house and experience theatrical delight. Oh, and tragedy. Plenty of tragedy.

The highlight of my evening was meeting the folks from London who sat next to me–Diane and Lawrence Hanlon. Their family is Irish, dropped the O’ in front of Hanlon at some point, and must be related to Tom Mulligan. And thus me!  🙂

Gotta love the three degrees of separation in the isles!

Please take a moment to admire Lawrence’s beautiful tractor tie, which evidentially references Hertfordshire, an agricultural county, in some way.  What it references for me is Dave’s dad, the late Gordon Chance, tractor mechanic extraordinary, who loved tractor memorabilia and travelled the world with his photographer son.  Good memories.

A tragic play, showing at Dublin's Gate theater.

A tragic play, showing at Dublin’s Gate theater.

My theater mates, Diane and Lawrence Hanlon.

My theater mates, Diane and Lawrence Hanlon. What a fabulous tie!!!!

Scene design for the second half.

Scene design for the second half.

 

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