Readings & Lectures

Eighth Blackbird: Olagón Preview


Please note that, while Paul Muldoon wrote the text for this adaptation, he will not be at the preview performance; he will be reading from his latest book on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 PM.


Eighth Blackbird composer/fiddler Dan Trueman and Irish sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionaírd bring the 1,400-year­-old Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge roaring into modernity with Olagón. Set to a new epic text by Pulitzer Prize-­winning poet Paul Muldoon, this seventy-minute song cycle exposes a martini­-guzzling, pill-­popping Queen Medhbh set against her lovelorn King Ailill, and other lovers. This free program at Poetry Foundation features excerpts from the full-length show premiering later in December.

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Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission