Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tucson-Roscommon Sister Cities presents, "El Capitán Colorado (The Royal O'Conor)"

Tucson-Roscommon Sister Cities, with help from In Concert! Tucson, is proud to announce a theatrical production written and produced in Ireland about the founding of Tucson.

El Capitán Colorado
(The Royal O’Conor)

Written and produced in Ireland by Irish playwright Caroilin Callery this play depicts the life of a young Irishman who leaves his home in Ireland at age 16 never to return, destined to die without family, at age 44 in faraway Mexico. In the interim he became one of the most accomplished and distinguished military leaders in New Spain. That individual was Don Hugo O’Conor, Knight of the Order of Calatrava, Colonel of Infantry in his Majesty’s armies and Commandant Inspector of the frontier posts of northern New Spain. His most lasting legacy: locating a new Presidio at San Augustin del Tucson on August 20, 1775. Today, the date is considered Tucson’s birthday and O’Conor its illustrious founder.

Not surprisingly the O’Conor story intertwines with the story of the Spanish Colonial period in what is today southern Arizona. It interlaces with the period’s history of missionaries, conquistadors, and Native tribes, in an interesting intercultural smelting pot that has grown into the thriving city of Tucson. This is not a show for a brief go around; instead, it is a piece of literature on a most interesting character, for the historical canon of both Tucson and Ireland.

A cast of actors from Ireland will be performing.

With opening by the Hugh O'Conor Memorial Pipe Band, Diamond Jim Hewitt and Cobblestone (Dave Firestine, Sharon Goldwasser and Jamie O'Brien.)

World Premiere performance!: Friday, February 29, 7:00 pm Berger Performing Arts Center, $25.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are also available, with no service fee, at: Celtic Corner 222 E. Congress, and at O'Shaughnessey's 220 N Camino Principal.

There are two other shows of the play (without musical opening): Saturday, March 1, 7:00pm St. Pius X Arizona Hall: 1800 N. Pio Decimo, 85715. and Sunday, March 2, 3:00 pm Sts. Peter and Paul Grammar Hall: 1846 E. Lee St.. Those tickets are available at the churches and not on this site.


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