May 11, NYC Theatre Tour: ‘These Halcyon Days’ at the Irish Arts Center


In response to requests over the years from our dedicated CTC community, we recently launched a New York City Theatre Tour program! With no need to pack a bag or find your passport, this day-long tour is a great entry point for those curious about the experience of our popular international theatre tours, or for those simply desiring to experience our signature, thoughtful approach to theatre-viewing outside our summer season.

Click here to read an account by Valley Advocate Reporter Chris Rohmann of our first New York City Theatre Tour to see THE WILD BRIDE at St. Ann’s Warehouse on February 24, 2013.

With the New York City Theatre Tour, you will experience the intellectual rigor and fun of a theatre trip led by CTC Artistic Director Byam Stevens, connect with fellow CTC community members, and get yourself warmed up for our summer season!

For our second New York City Theatre Tour, we will be traveling to Manhattan’s Irish Arts Center to see Deirdre Kinahan’s THESE HALCYON DAYSThis lovely, poignant two-hander, was the hit of the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, and an absolute favorite with the patrons of CTC’s Dublin Theatre Tour. This is a unique chance to see the play in its American premiere production, featuring the original Irish cast. As an added bonus, Ms. Kinahan, who will be over from Ireland for the premiere, will join us for a post-play TalkBack!



Seán sits alone in a nursing-home conservatory, abandoned to his memories, when in storms Patricia, a feisty woman with a zest for life and handsome men in wheelchairs. A wary intimacy soon develops between the two—an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny. THESE HALCYON DAYS is a funny, touching, life-affirming play about facing our fears, told with Kinahan’s hallmark wry humor and humanity.

Click here to watch an interview with Deirdre Kinahan talking about her inspiration behind THESE HALYCON DAYS.

“Kinahan could ask for no better actors than Stephen Brennan and Anita Reeves to bring her characters to life”

     – The Irish Times

“Kinahan’s message is an important one”

     – Evening Herald


“A wonderful balance between humour and poignancy…a rich blend of both unintentional hilarity and insightful wit”




The day-long tour to see THESE HALYCON DAYS will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

As is true with all CTC tour experiences, you will be taken care of from departure to return. We will meet in Springfield, MA, at the South Parking Lot of the Basketball Hall of Fame, easily accessible from Exit 6 off of 1-91. Our bus will depart at 9:30am, arriving in Manhattan with plenty of time for lunch prior to the 2:00pm matinee.

After the performance, Byam Stevens and THESE HALCYON DAYS playwright, Deirdre Kinahan, will lead a private TalkBack for the CTC tour group in the Irish Arts Center’s theatre. On our return bus to Springfield, a snack will also be provided. Our bus will return to Springfield by 8:00pm. Uno’s Pizzeria, located in the South Parking Lot, is open late for those who’d like a Chicago-style deep dish pie, a glass of wine, and perhaps some continued conversation before heading home.

 TOUR COST: $149 per person.  Tour includes:

  • Round Trip Bus Fare
  • Admission to THESE HALYCON DAYS at the Irish Arts Center
  • List of restaurant recommendations near the Irish Arts Center
  • Post-performance Talkback led by Byam Stevens and playwright Deirdre Kinahan
  • On board snacks

With only 45 seats available, be sure to book in advance.

*NEW* “Theatre-only” Tour option: for our friends who would like to join the tour but live outside the Pioneer Valley, we have created a theatre-only option, removing the cost of round trip bus fare and on-board snacks.

“THEATRE-ONLY” TOUR COST: $59 per person. The theatre-only option includes:

  • Admission to THESE HALYCON DAYS at the Irish Arts Center
  • List of restaurant recommendations near the Irish Arts Center
  • Post-performance Talkback led by Byam Stevens and playwright Deirdre Kinahan

Experience New York Theatre with CTC. To reserve your seats, send a check to Chester Theatre Company, PO Box 722, Chester, MA 01011. Be sure to specify the number of people in your party and if you are choosing the theatre-only option. Or, to pay by credit card, call the box office at 413-354-7771.

Tickets to the CTC NYC Theatre Tour are non-refundable, unless the Irish Arts Center cancels the performance.