Award-winning Irish playwright and actor Donal O’Kelly will perform his play, Fionnuala, at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, SD on October 17 as the keynote event of the American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting. The play explores the consequences of the Shell Corrib drilling project in Ireland. It follows the character of Ambrose Keogh, a Shell employee who is magically confronted by the Irish mythical deity Fionnuala, who puts a spell on him. Bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations, Ambrose meets his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound. Approximately 1 hour in length.
The play will be followed by a roundtable discussion about Irish and American energy production and the preservation of indigenous lands and communities. Artists, scholars, and activists from South Dakota’s Native American communities will participate in the dialogue. The discussion will begin at 5:30 and will last approximately 1.5 hours.
Both events are free and open to the public. They are made possible by the generous support of the Allied Arts Fund, the Stanford Adelstein Grant, and the American Conference for Irish Studies. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.