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An Invitation to My Dead Irish Mother
a concert reading of a new musical

Who? Midwest New Musicals and Light Opera Works invite you to My Dead Irish Mother by Pat Byrnes and Rich Prezioso, a concert reading of Words and Music, a series of new musicals in progress.

What? My Dead Irish Mother is redundantly about a young man and his dead Irish-American mother. The play opens with a line stolen from the caption of a New Yorker cartoon by its author Pat Byrnes. The mother, lying in her casket, looks over at her son kneeling by her side and says, “You couldn’t put on a tie?” What follows is a bumpy ride to resting in peace. You’ll laugh hard, cry harder, you’ll go home and call your mother.

My Dead Irish Mother is directed by Tina Salamone and music directed by Jessica Hunt. The cast features Susan Gosdick, Kevin Grubb, Erin O’Shea, Marc Pera, Suzanne Petri, Melissa Rosenberg, Brian Simmons, and Greg Tate. The stage manager is Dylan S. Roberts. Midwest New Musicals is lead by workshop director John Sparks.

Pat Byrnes (book, lyrics, music) is a cartoonist (The New Yorker), author (What Would Satan Do and Because I’m the Child Here and I Said So), illustrator (Eats, Shoots and Leaves – Illustrated Edition and Dave Barry on Dads), app inventor ( and devoted dad (

Rich Prezioso (music) is, with Jacquie Manning, one half of Small Potatoes, a Chicago-based duo that has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993. In that time, Small Potatoes has become a sought-after regular at many clubs and coffeehouses across the U.S.

The Midwest New Musicals writers workshop and the new Words and Music series are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation and The Dramatist Guild Fund. Midwest New Musicals is an ongoing forum where lyricists, composers and book writers create and discuss their work. Midwest New Musicals is a resident arm of Light Opera Works, Chicago’s specialists in operetta and musical theater.

Monday April 23 at 7:30 P.M.
Light Opera Works Second Stage at 1420 Maple (at Lake – the MacGaw YMCA Children’s Center)
Post show - a coffee and cookies reception to meet the authors and artists of My Dead Irish Mother

R.S.V.P. and Ticketing Information:
Tickets for Monday are $15
at Light Opera Works box office
by phone at (847) 920-5360 or at the door

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