By: Robert Frankel, Adapted from book by Peg Mayo
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Type: Full Length Play
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Multicultural, Adaptations
Running Time: 120 minutes
Speaking Cast: 2 females, 3 males, 5 total cast
ISBN: 978-1-61588-015-7
Author's Notes:
Ah, sure, tis a wondous but brambled path you've found youself on here with these writings. So while you're steppin' ginger-like over the brambles, mind that the prickly thorns don't catch you in your unawares, if ya catch my meanin'. The same tis true of this play. Get enthralled in the beauty and languidity of the melifluous and altogether syrupy sounds of the language of Eire, and ya get ten steps ahead while leaving your audience ten steps behind. It's the tellin' of the story that's the thing. So take your time...lots of eye contact with the payin' hordes in their raw-bottomed seats...and make sure they're followin' where ya lead.

The other note I would have you heed regards the music. Ah, the music! Tis FAR more important that Raftery's fiddling be lovely and lilting than that you actually stumble across a fliddler-in-the-rough and an actor to boot! In the premier of this play, the actor mimed the fiddle playing - often in shadows - as the music piped in over the loudy-boxes. He even taped the strings so that he could ride rough-shod over them without producing a noise - which was a blessin' in itself, let me tell you!

So there you have it. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields. And may you find Blind Raftery's Wake a thing of poignance, hilarity and meaning for each it touches.

Member Reviews:
      By Mary Harrison - Actor - Peig in the World Premier
Having grown up with Irish grandmothers and Irish neighbors, the retelling of Blind Raftery's Wake was both magical and somehow familiar. It's an actor's dream to play in and I'm so grateful to have been part of the original cast. But more than that, I think Raftery is one of those very quiet plays that, having once seen it, lurk unexpectedly at the back of one's heart forever.
      By Suzie Stier - Waletzki - Actress/Director - Colleen in the World Premier
Raftery is an actress' dream role! Wonderfully poetic language that will charm the ears, characters that are masterfully crafted and a story line that weaves one man's life into a masterpiece of mystery, sweet romance, comedy and depth. It is truly Irish storytelling at it's finest.
      By Ray Bills - Actor/Director - Brian the Barreler in the World Premier
Having been in Ireland not long before performing BLIND RAFTERY AND THE SEVEN NIGHTS OF A WAKE, I was immediately drawn back into that magical place. This play captures the musical and moving language of that land with perfection and reverence. It is truly and actor's showcase and a director's dream. To borrow from one of my favorite lines of the play, I will remember BLIND RAFTERY AND THE SEVEN NIGHTS OF A clear as a silver sliver of moon embracing stars between her points.
On his deathbed, fiddler Kevin Columcille Raftery–better known as Blind Raftery–commands his housekeeper Maudie to hold a wake in his memory for seven days. And with that, Raftery breathes his last. We flash forward to the seven-year anniversary of his wake. Four characters of unknown background–Peig, Colleen, Brian and Mark–are each mysteriously summoned to a field at midnight, committed the retelling of Raftery’s stories. Through the stories, we are introduced to a host of characters—each one channeled through our four reluctant orators. All these characters serve to shape and share the life of this extraordinary man. On this cold Irish night, they receive a beautiful understanding of innocence, experience, and death–the three pillars of a well-lived life.
ISBN: 978-1-61588-015-7
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