NEW YORK CITY — For anyone dreading the looming approach of the country’s annual kiss-me-I’m-Irish shenanigans, there’s an antidote: Read650’s “Straight Outta Ireland” show is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival, featuring New York Times best-selling author, Malachy McCourt, and a cast of 12 fine writers in “Straight Outta Ireland,” a series of five-minute spoken-word stories whose Irish parentage will stir and surprise you.
“Straight Outta Ireland” will be the first spoken-word event to be included in Carnegie Hall’s upcoming five-week spring festival, Migrations will celebrate the boundless contributions immigrants have made to America’s diverse cultural landscape.
“Straight Outta Ireland” is a showcase production of the popular spoken-word series Read650 that, for the past five years, has attracted top writers, playwrights, memoirists—Pulitzer Prize winners and first-timers—to read their works before standing room only audiences across the Metropolitan region. Its name reflects the sole condition by which its writers must abide: to tell their true, five-minute stories in 650 words or less.
Edward McCann, founder of Read650 and himself a son of an Irish-by-way-of-Queens household, promises the readings at “Straight Outta Ireland” will be a reminder of the literary gift the Irish have bequeathed this country.
“Straight Outta Ireland” will be presented on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in The Loft at City Winery, 155 Varick Street. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is limited, and early registration is strongly advised. Reserve seats here: https://bit.ly/2RvYHfT