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The Cambria in Irish Arts Center, New York, St. Patrick’s Day

Starting Tuesday 17th March and running until Sunday 22 March - The Irish Arts Center New York will present The Cambria, Donal O’Kelly’s play about African-American ex-slave Frederick Douglass’ voyage to Ireland in 1845. It stars Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly and it is being performed to mark US President Obama’s first Saint Patrick’s Day in office.

A special St. Patrick’s Day performance features a post-show discussion with Classical Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Alfred Preisser, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Some Mother’s Son), Marcus Mabry of the New York Times, and playwright O’Kelly.

The New York run will be preceded by a performance in the Glens Centre Manorhamilton Co. Leitrim, on Thursday 12th March, 8.30pm.

The Cambria was a trans-Atlantic paddle-steamer. On August 10th 1845, among the passengers on board was an escaped slave called Frederick Douglass. His autobiography had just become a bestseller. Slave-owners placed a price on his head and he was forced to flee the US. He came to Ireland.

It was an eventful voyage, culminating in a mob attempt to throw Douglass overboard. The Cambria tells the story of how he survived to become what Abraham Lincoln called “the most impressive man I ever met”, and to become the rhetorical inspiration for Barack Obama in his successful campaign to become 44th President of the United States.

Frederick Douglass was welcomed as a hero in Ireland and was hailed as ‘The Black O’Connell’. The Cambria recalls that Irish welcome and invites us, as Barack Obama invited the American people, to “choose our better history”.

Directed by Raymond Keane of Barrabas, The Cambria opened the 2005 St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin and toured all over Ireland, as well as Liverpool and Los Angeles in 2007. The Cambria follows the highly successful run of O’Kelly’s Catalpa in the Irish Arts Center New York in November 2008.

Some review excerpts for The Cambria:
“ Entertaining, thought provoking and beautifully crafted…a well aimed appeal to our better selves.” Fintan O’Toole - The Irish Times
“ Vintage O’Kelly here is this searing, soaring true story…gorgeous
stuff…a delightful exercise in the possibilities of theatre” Sun Tribune
“A Gripping play…without a single superfluous sentence in the script… a highly commendable production” Sunday Business Post
For details and booking, visit www.irishartscenter.org

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