Epitaphs & Apparitions ~ Americana for Halloween at St. John’s

J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
Epitaphs & Apparitions ~ Americana for Halloween at St. John's

In One Exciting Evening! Meet the headless horseman and the white whale.
Visit the Nebraska plains. Travel the Mississippi.
Hear “The Bells”….Celebrate American Literature.

The Salon Series at St. John’s,
in collaboration with Producer Jamie O’Reilly Presents

“Epitaphs and Apparitions”,
A Theatrical Reading with music
Featuring American authors of the 19th & 20th centuries
Night for of End of Life/Afterlife”, an arts festival

Americana/historical program
Monday, October 27 at 7 PM
St. Johns Episcopal Church Sanctuary
3857 N Kostner, in Old Irving Park Chicago
PH 773.725.9026; www.stjohnschicago.com

“It was the very witching time of night that Ichabod, heavyhearted and crestfallen, pursued his travel homeward.  The night grew darker and darker; the stars seemed to sink deeper in the sky… All the stories of ghosts and goblins that he had heard earlier now came… (Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

Jamie O’Reilly & Co present Epitaphs and Apparitions, wherein a diverse ensemble of readers from Chicago’s acting community embody voices from the beyond in selections of end of life and afterlife stories as rendered by Masters of American 19 and early 20th c literature and drama. Among the authors: Civil war soldier Sullivan Ballou, novelist Willa Cather, poet Emily Dickinson, essayist William Dean Howells, plus Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Ann Porter, Washington Irving, Edgar Lee Masters, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and more.

With original music by Michael Smith and Jamie O’Reilly.  Reading: Zahra Glenda Baker, Belinda Bremner, Dan Flannery, Karen Hoyer, Gary Houston, Nancy Little, Cheryl Kreiman, Jenny Magnus, John Starrs, Vicki Walden, & The O’Reillys: Jamie,  Colm, Taran, and Willem.

Moby_Dick_3“Starry Archipelago” song
Inspired by Queequeg’s Coffin soliloquy

from “Moby Dick”, novel by Herman Melville, 1851
Words by Herman Melville, Music by Michael Smith
Sung by Michael Smith


End of Life/Afterlife Series
salon_poster_art (1)Fri Oct 24″ from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sat Oct 25 from 10 AM – Noon
Sun Oct 26 church services
Mon Oct 27 at 7 PM*
*Admission prices will $15, for a single program

St. Johns Episcopal Church Hall, Sanctuary and Garden
3857 N Kostner, in Old Irving Park Chicago
PH 773.725.9026; www.stjohnschicago.com

Cultural arts producer Jamie O’Reilly continues a year-long collaboration with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park with End of Life/Afterlife, a 4 day arts festival, Friday October 24 – Monday 27. Exploring themes of life and death. the festivals of Sawhain (All Soul’s Day) and Day of the Dead, in original art, poetry, music, theater and classic literature, the events are open to the public.


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