Castlemanor Players present Brian Friel’s The Loves of Cass Maguire
Directed by Patsy Young
Cass McGuire was eighteen years old when she left Ireland for the United States. She spent the next fifty two years in the city of New York “a block from Skid Row” “washing, scrubbing and fixing sandwiches”, a harsh and loveless environment in which ”you had no time to think and if you did you thought of the future.” She dreamed of a happy homecoming to the country and the family she loved. She fulfilled that dream when she was seventy, only to be rejected by the family and was as she says herself ‘stuck in the workhouse’.
In The Loves of Cass Maguire, Brian Friel, in his inimitable way, explores the vagaries of the ageing human heart and mind in which ‘a loveless past’ is progressively replaced by a fantasy world of makebelieve where a new vision of happy joy is constructed from a past that never was.
Cass herself says of the play’s title “The Loves of Cass Maguire: what a gook title!” And it is. An ironic one, for sure.
Venue: Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan
Date: 6th & 7th September
Time: 8.30pm start