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Keeping it to 650, or less

Maura Mulligan.

By Irish Echo Staff

Have you ever found yourself in the 23rd minute of someone’s presentation wondering if, and hoping, that the end was near? You’re surely the type, then, who'd love the spoken-word Read650 series which, this Sunday afternoon in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, is having a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration at City Winery, 155 Varick St., Downtown Manhattan.

All of the readers are confined to 5 minutes or less for “Straight Outta Ireland, True Stories of Immigration, Adaptation, And Celebration.”

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They also promise to be keep it to 650 words or less (we haven’t been told if anyone has ever done exactly 650 words).

Some familiar names among the dozen or so readers are Colin Broderick, Honor Finnegan, Charles Hale, Malachy McCourt, Maura Mulligan and Jack O’Connell. All certainly have track records that suggest that they can present “sharp and shapely five-minute stories whose Irish parentage will stir and surprise you.”

Ed McCann.

Author and Psychology Today columnist Joseph Burgo said of the Read360 organizer: “Ed McCann’s ability to bring fine writers together on a single theme make these group readings deeply fulfilling for audience and readers alike.”

And playwright­ and screenwriter John Pielmeier said: “Read650 is one of the most evocative, entertaining, and moving experiences I’ve had the privilege to attend—or participate in.”

“Straight Outta Ireland” is part of Carnegie Hall’s “Migrations: “The Making of America” – a citywide festival celebrating the contributions have made to America’s diverse cultural landscape.

Doors open at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show. Tickets will be $30 on the day of the show. For advance tickets and more information, click here.

Charles Hale.