Roost Reading series takes off

Jasmine Damon, Contributing writer

If you are interested in immersing yourself in Mercyhurst University’s literary culture, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture has a new event series for you.
Dedicated primarily to celebrating the university’s Irish heritage, the new Readings at the Roost tradition fits into the heart and spirit of Mercyhurst.
On the second Monday of each month, members of the Mercyhurst community will perform readings of classic literature for people to enjoy.
When asked about his inspiration for creating this series of events, MIAC director Brett Johnson, Ph.D., said, “Curating a series of readings focused on Irish literature seemed like a perfect fit for Mercyhurst, given its Irish heritage and commitment to the arts and humanities.”
These events will take place in the Roost, located on the lower level of the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.
Johnson said, “The Playwright’s Snug, with its intimate setting, provided the ideal venue.”
The atmosphere of the readings is intended to be inviting and comfy, with lively conversation to be had and food and drink ready for purchase.
The first event, a concert reading of John Millington Synge’s one-act play “Riders to the Sea,” took place on Sept. 9.
If you were unable to attend the first reading, Readings at the Roost has plans to put on a night of Irish ghost stories on Oct. 14 and readings from Oscar Wilde on Nov. 11.
A reading of James Joyce’s “The Dead” is planned for Dec. 9.
Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor has given a thumbs up to this project, believing that not only will Readings at the Roost be a great addition to this campus, but that they will also reflect what the University stands for.
Guests are highly encouraged to arrive early if they are interested, as seats are limited.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the programs start at 7 p.m.
This series is free and open to the public.