I’ve known Jessie Driscoll since before she was born. Her mother Marianne and I have been best friends for most of my adult life. Like many other kids, Jessie’s parents sent her for dance lessons. Unlike most kids, Jessie practiced hard and today she is a world class Irish Step Dancer, who has performed all over the U.S. and Europe.
Several years ago, Marianne was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and so began a long series of chemo and other therapies. She spent countless hours in waiting rooms as she underwent the various treatments. To keep her mind focused on something positive during those long hours she started writing a play based loosely upon her daughter’s dancing. By the time she beat cancer she had completed a great play.
Marianne worked with other people and developed that play into a musical, McGoldrick’s Thread. That musical just completed a month-long run in Manhattan at The St. Mark’s Theater in the East Village. This sounds like a happy ending, but it’s more like a happy beginning. The show played to standing room only audiences for the entire run and took Top Awards at the Sixth Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival. So, this run at The St. Mark’s Theatre may have ended, but I have a feeling that a new run will soon begin in a theater closer to Broadway. The show is that good, and you don’t have to take my word for it either. You can read the review in The New York Times.
Peace and Love, and all of the above,