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    February 15, 2019
    ROCHESTER — PerSeverance Productions LLC presents Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones, a fascinating and irresistible part of your St Paddy’s celebrations, March 22-31 at the Rochester Performance & Arts Center. Performances are Friday through Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.rochesteroperahouse.com/rpac or by calling 603-948-1099.
    Two actors… 15 characters… Cows. Irish storytelling at its finest. Winner of the UK’s prestigious Olivier Award in 2001 as Best Comedy, this magical piece of theatrical genius is both hilarious and heartbreaking. A witty and beautifully crafted tragicomedy, Stones examines the exploitative and dysfunctional relationship when Hollywood takes over a small town in rural Ireland. 
    NH Clown Prince Scott H Severance and his sidekick Sven Wiberg move seamlessly between characters in this gleefully tongue in cheek comedy, bouncing about from ages 8-76 with accents from all over the British Isles (and even between genders). Stones in His Pockets is a rare case where the writing works as deftly as the acting, where a phrase can be as instantly evocative as a gesture or a glance.
    Since 2014, PerSeverance Productions has been responsible for a National Tour of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a $250K annual project which travels the country and has received extraordinary critical acclaim, playing in front of nearly 100,000 delighted audience members. The company also produces a summer theatre season at the historic Rochester Opera House, and Severance says, “We are looking for more local avenues to expand our footprint of theatrical excellence, and RPAC is a perfect start.”
    Stones in his Pockets is rated PG-13 (it’s an Irish play, for cryin’ out loud!). It is a little slice of Irish Heaven, full of joy, humanity, tears and delight, and is the perfect way to kick off St Paddy’s month!