Journey back to a time, long ago; long before your great-great-grandfather’s grandfather was born, when the world was filled with enchantment and bedevilment brought about by supernatural entities who dwell within the invisible world ‘tween earth and sky; a time when Ireland was so much a place of enchantment and bedevilment that a decent man could hardly poke his nose outside the door of his own cottage without chancing upon spirits and witches and all manner of fairy folk who have the ability to bring either good luck or bad luck to mere mortals such as you and I.
‘Tween Earth and Sky weaves a magical spell through the dramatization of four traditional Irish tales of the supernatural ranging from the tale of a clever lad’s attempt to outwit a leprechaun, to stones which weep tears of regret memorializing the tragic romance between the son and the daughter of two warring Irish clans, to a financially ruined aristocrat who sells his soul to the Devil and a young rogue’s harrowing journey seeking redemption while a talking corpse clutches tightly to his back.
Actor and playwright, Mark Lyon, who will portray sixteen different roles, has enchanted audiences from Orlando, Florida to Victoria, B.C. (where he was called “a master storyteller” by the Victoria Times Colonist) and across the Atlantic in Irish castles and at Ireland’s most prestigious literary event of the year, the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival, with his original one-man plays as well as having been featured on numerous television and radio programs . He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, holds a masters degree in Theatre, studied at length in a master class with Lynn Redgrave and was honored to have been chosen to perform with Ms. Redgrave in a presentation of great moments from Shakespeare at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre for the benefit of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Although the tales dramatized in ‘Tween Earth and Sky are based upon traditional Irish folklore, while searching out supernatural sites in Ireland, Lyon has met credible individuals who have told him of personal experiences involving the fairy folk and other legendary Irish supernatural entities; experiences which resulted in his initiating a survey throughout Ireland in search of present-day, first-hand encounters with the fairy folk in all of their intriguing forms.
Performances: Venue #3, The Port Theatre’s Lobby
Saturday, August 12 – 5:30pm Tuesday, August 15 – 8:30pm Wednesday, August 16 – 6:45pm Thursday, August 17 – 8:30 pm Friday, August 18 – 6:45pm Saturday, August 19 – 4:00 pm