Author Archives: mauxmaux

Dublin Snapshots

There was more than enough to see in Dublin. I tried my best to capture the moments I could.

Rosie From Lughnasa

Of all the sisters in Dancing at Lughnasa, Rose was the most interesting to me. Though she is discribed as being ”simple”, it doesn’t draw away from her depth. She is pure and natural in all of her intentions. She is honest and does not have the desire, or will, to be duplicitous. Even her […]

If I Must Choose…

If I had to say which play I liked the most, I’d say it would be Dancing at Lughnasa. I really enjoyed Lughnasa for many reasons including its use of strong Irish archetypes, the texture of the time period, and the subtle subtext behind the small conversations we see. Freil’s character work drew me in […]

Crows Tweet

Tír na Scéalta centers around a young storyteller who has finally arrived at his Mecca only to have things run afoul due to some devious crows.

Dublin, Here I Am

I’m enjoying Dublin so far, but my view got off to a rough start. Lack of sleep can make the beginning of anyone’s day a bit rough. In my less than perfect (read: groggy) mindset walking around for several hours probably wasn’t the first thing I wanted to do. As I was given time to […]

The Village Mood

I think this image of a quaint Irish village with an over cast sky is a great representation of the mood I’m trying to set for my play. The idea of conflicting signals has always fascinated me. Being somewhere that looks safe, but feel dangerous. That feeling in your gut that says “run, now”. Ignoring […]

Local Identity

I think that a lot of smaller communities are currently suffering culturally from globalization all around the world. I see it all the time in the towns I visit in the United States. People are losing their sense of community, local identity, and the aspects that make them unique. It could be seen as a […]

Patterns In the Window

When I first got to explore Armagh, I immediately noticed a couple pieces of clothing in a shop window of Lila’s Clothing. They reminded me of clothing you would see in a slightly different environment. The dresses, hats, and white tennis shoes reminded me of the fashions I would see in sunny beach towns like […]

Nearby Texture

I loved is bridge wall. These plants could grow anywhere but they chose this wall. It’s craggy and harsh and mean looking, yet it can sustain life. It reminded me of how farmers would grow things on the rocky coasts of Ireland. They just put seaweed on rocks and somehow that’s enough. Either this land […]

Weighty Concepts

Focusing on single ideas today. Trying to choose just one thought out of the maelstrom has been difficult. Ireland has always seemed so evocative to me while I was at home, now that I’m here, I feel like the idea of choosing just one subject to explore might be difficult. Navan Fort was glorious. I […]