Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lady from Limerick
Why is the Lady fromLimerick important? This play, written by Claude Solnik, a writer and reporter from Long Island, is based on the story of Kathleen Kelly Cregan, a woman who came to New York from Ireland to live the dream of beauty. The dream was snuffed away when she died following her plastic surgery.
When the battle to learn what happened was played out in a court room, there was settlements in the millions received by the family. Actually, the family probably didn’t get all the money, the lawyers get paid – and so they should, and there are plenty of fees that come out of it. Whatever they received it wasn’t the value of someone’s life. Kathleen used a doctor who had over 30 malpractice settlements against him but was on television and in magazines claiming to be the best at what he did. Kathleen Kelly Cregan followed a fantasy and used a doctor that was being questioned even by his peers.
Kathleen Kelly Cregan was not a number. She was someone’s mother and wife. In the play we will get to know the writers vision of what life might have been like for her in a small town outside of Limerick. The story of this woman is the story of many people who don’t make the news and don’t have thoughtful writers bringing them back to life.
Lady from Limerick is not one person’s story. It is the representation of thousands and thousands of stories that don’t get told. On April 10, 2014, her story will get told for her. And for all those she represents. Like the 239 missing passengers who went down with that plane, Kathleen Kelly Cregan represents at least that many - because 1 is a number, and she matters too.