Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two Irish-American women from the Chicago area in “Pot of Gold: An Evening of Irish Stories and Songs with Megon McDonough and Susan O’Halloran” on Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s night!) at 8 p.m. at the Skokie Theater, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie.
Singer Megon McDonough (aka Mary Megon Margaret McDonough) was the seventh of nine children born to an Irish-American family from Crystal Lake, IL. Story artist Susan O’Halloran (aka Susan Eileen Mary O’Halloran) was born to an Irish-American family on the south side of Chicago.
Together, Megon and Sue will delight audiences as they weave together stories and songs about the pleasures and pitfalls of being raised Irish American. The concert will include classics such as “Danny Boy” and original and humorous tunes such as “The Mary Gig,” as well as stories about searching for connection in the “old country” and the unique Irish way of dealing with “enemies.”
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this evening that will celebrate everybody’s heritages and look at what is universal for us all: family, sacrifice and, always, joy and laughter in the face of life’s challenges!
“St. Pat’s Pot of Gold”
When: March 17, 8 p.m.
Where: Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL 60077
About Susan O’Halloran
Susan O’Halloran has been a story artist since the 1970s and has been covered by such media outlets as PBS, ABC’s Nightlife, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. She has been featured several times at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN, and is a frequent keynoter for storytelling and diversity conferences. She is the producer of award-winning multi-cultural performances and films including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans ― Catholic, Jewish and Muslim and is co-producer of the Racebridges Studio social justice videos. She is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Oracle Award in storytelling and works with school systems, universities and businesses to create more inclusive organizations. For more information on Susan, please visit www.SusanOHalloran.com.
About Megon McDonough
Born in Crystal Lake, Ill., to an Irish-Catholic family with nine theatrically-inspired children, Megon McDonough was inspired to play the guitar and sing after watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. She wrote her first song at the age of 11. By the age of 17, she was opening for such folk acts as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin. She has performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Cellar Door. Megon is best known for her work as an inaugural member of the folk group The Four Bitchin’ Babes, which allowed her wit and folk sensibilities to comment on the ups and downs of everyday life. To date, Megon has 13 solo albums to her credit, and is best known for her song “Amazing Things.” Megon classifies her music as folk/cabaret, citing her love of theater and jazz as the reason for the unusual mix. Megon lives in Wilmette, Ill., and was most recently seen in “Prine: A Tribute Concert” at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago. For more information on Megon, please visit www.MegonMegon.com.
Submitted by Skokie Theatre