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Echoes of Ireland at Ritz in Newburgh, NY March 21-23


Hi Everyone,

My play Echoes of Ireland will be shown the weekend of March 21-23 at the historic Ritz theater in Newburgh, NY.  For my local readers, the show will feature Ron Morehead, Cat Barney and Dana Lockhart.  All the necessary information is below.  If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in and say hi.



A Family Saga Resonates Through Generations

in Brian C. Petti’s

Echoes of Ireland

March 21-23 at the Lobby at the Ritz Theater107 Broadway Newburgh

Fresh from it’s production in County Cork, Ireland!

The sweep of the Irish experience from County Cork to New York City is on display in Echoes of Ireland, a drama about family ties, the immigrant life and the Irish-American experience. Written and directed by Ellenville, NY resident Brian C. Petti,Echoes will hold performances on Friday, March 21 at 7:30, Saturday, March 22 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm at the Lobby at the Ritz Theater107 Broadway Newburgh. Echoes of Ireland was recently produced in County Cork by the Skibbereen Theatre Society where it garnered rave reviews such as:

“Powerful …every emotion came to the fore during this story of pride and determination in the face of adversity.” Cllr Karen Coakley, Mayor of Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland.

Tickets are $15, and may be purchased at There is limited seating, so reservations are strongly suggested. The play is being presented by Safe Harbors of the Hudson and Hatmaker’s Attic Productions, through an agreement with Eldridge Plays & Musicals.

Echoes of Ireland is a series of inter-related monologues that follows the saga of a single Irish family from County Cork in 1860 to 2001 New York City. Beginning five years after the end of the potato famine in Ireland, Echoes follows the Cunyngham clan through their journey across the ocean to the ports of Manhattan, through the lowly existence of immigrant life in the States, to the assimilation and rebirth of their family as American citizens who never forget from whence they came. The journey is part tragedy, part comedy, part history lesson and all undeniably human. 

Show times are:

Friday, March 21 at 7:30

Saturday, March 22 at 7:30pm

Sunday, March 23 at 2pm

Echoes of Ireland features notable local actors Ron Morehead (Cairo, NY), Cat Barney (Kingston, NY) and Dana Lockhart (Middletown, NY). Additional information can be found at: and

Brian C. Petti has had his plays produced Off-Off Broadway (Masquerade, The Love Song of Sidney J. Stein, Banshee) and regionally (Next Year in Jerusalem, The Measure of a Man, On the Expectation of White Christmases,) by such companies as Ten Grand Productions, The American Theater of Actors, Inc. and The Fresh Fruit Festival. Masquerade was staged at Cherry Lane Theater in NYC and Next Year in Jerusalem was the winner of the Humboldt State University National Play Contest in California, where it received a student production. Published plays include The Measure of a Man by JAC Publishing and Promotions, Banshee by Next Stage Press and Echoes of Ireland by Eldridge Plays & Musicals.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts in the city of Newburgh, New York. The Cornerstone Residence is a unique facility that offers support services and jobs training on-site provided by Independent Living, an advocacy and service organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities. The Cornerstone Residence consists of apartments and artist lofts, with a mixed tenancy of single adults, including the formerly homeless, veterans, those living with a mental health diagnosis, artists and other adults in need of affordable housing. The building offers many amenities and programs including a fitness center, library, computer lab, classes and a GED program. Many of these amenities and programs are available to the public. The Cornerstone also houses several multi-use spaces that may be rented for special events of all kinds.

Future projects include the renovation of three commercial spaces and the restoration of the historic Ritz Theater. As the only remaining historic theater in the City of Newburgh, the Ritz will provide a venue for live performances, educational programs for our youth, employment opportunities for our community, and create an active cultural and tourist destination.

Founded by brothers Edward and William Gibbons-Brown, Hatmaker’s Attic Productions is putting the “community” back in community theatre. They’re working to build a positive and safe creative environment where all are welcome.

The play will be produced in cooperation with Eldridge Plays & Musicals. Eldridge, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-acts, melodramas, holiday and religious plays, children’s theatre plays and musicals of all kinds.


Other Side of the Coin…

Just as I was reeling from my latest bombardment of rejection letters, leading directly to my latest blog (, life goes and throws me a curve. My play “Echoes of Ireland” was picked up for publication by Eldridge Plays and Musicals. Sometimes (at least for today) all the rejection is worth it! Here is from their very nice acceptance letter, in the interest of equal time:

“Dear Mr. Petti,

The best plays stir many emotions and thus we couldn’t agree more with the description you provided with your play, Echoes of Ireland. The Cunynghamclan’s journey from raw hunger in Ireland to heroic duty In New City is “part tragedy, part comedy, part history lesson and all undeniably human.”

These empathetic monologues are captivating and universally human. We were very moved reading them and would be proud to offer your play to our
customers for, hopefully, standout performances in the future.”

Not as entertaining for my blog, but better for my psyche! Information on the play including a sample monologue can be found here:

“Echoes of Ireland” Raises $$ for Famine Relief

I had to share this letter from the Mayor of West Cork in response to the Skibbereen Theatre Society’s rendition of “Echoes of Ireland”.  The production raised $400.00 for Gorta, an Irish famine relief group that helps hungry people in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The logo above links directly to their website if you’d like to learn more or make a donation.  The play is a series of monologues, one of which directly addresses the Irish famine.

Sometimes it’s good to be a playwright!

“Good morning Brian from beautiful West Cork in the Emerald Isle.

I am a voluntary member of “A taste of West Cork”  food festival and this year we paid hommage to the humble spud. In conjunction with our festival “Echoes of Ireland” was performed  by Skibbereen Theatre Society.

It was one of the most emotional performances I have ever come across. The four local cast members were so professional and there was’nt a dry eye in the house. It was so powerful and the story was told so beautifully. I was so moved by it, I felt I had to contact  you and congratulate you on such beautiful monologues, each monologue was performed so brilliantly and every emotion came to the fore during this story of pride and determination in the face of adversity.

The history was told so brilliantly and the story was so personal, I felt I was part of it and everybody in the room could empathise with each character. At the end there was silence as people wiped there tears and then the crowd stood and applauded loudly.

A lot of Irish children are sometimes bored with history, yet the children that attended this play were enthralled by it and it was evident they possibly learnt more from the monologues that the usual class room history lesson in school. It seemed so real and the audience felt every emotion as each mologue was performed. In fact I could not stop thinking about it for days, the story got to me.

Once again, congratulations on “Echoes of Ireland” and I wish you every success with your future career.

Thanks for giving your permission to Skibbereen Theatre Society to stage this unique piece of work. I believe the proceeds are going to Famine Relief Charity.

If your ever visiting Ireland it would be my pleasure to welcome you to West Cork.

Go raibh míle maith agat (Thank you)”

Kind regards

Cllr Karen Coakley

Mayor of Skibbereen

Co Cork