New comedy featuring Bill Clinton's historic visit to Ireland makes U.S. premiere
Playwright Tom McEnery comes to San Jose after a successful launch of production in Dublin, Ireland
By: Kilnasheen Productions
A Statue for Ballybunion is based on the true story of a group of Ballybunion residents who hatch a cunning plan to unveil the world's first statue to the leader of the free world—then U.S. president, William Jefferson Clinton. However, well-publicized events in the Oval Office with a certain intern put his visit to "The Kingdom of Kerry" in jeopardy. As if that were not enough, something unexpected has happened to the statue. How will this affect events in Ballybunion as it awaits immortality on the world stage? As Bill Clinton himself said, "You just have to keep swinging and know it will all even out!"
"I am thrilled that A Statue for Ballybunion will have its American debut in my hometown of San Jose," said McEnery. "My play tells a tale about how a town on the edge of the wild Atlantic fights for its self-respect and very survival. As in all such stories, there is real humor in the lives of its people and an ever-present and sorrowful past."
The production will be directed by former San Jose Repertory Theatre Associate Artistic Director John McCluggage, a professional theatre artist with over 30 years of experience as a director and teaching artist. "I am very excited to present 'A Statue for Ballybunion' with Tom and the team at 3Below Theaters, as it's a unique play given the facts and authenticity of the story," said McCluggage.
In addition, Santa Clara University faculty members Jerald Enos and Derek Duarte have been announced as Set Designer and Lighting Director, respectively. "A Statue for Ballybunion"
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