The play “Eclipsed” is based on true events of the author, Ms. Patricia Burke Brogan’s experiences as a young novice in one of the Magdalene Laundries.
Under the watchful eyes of the strict nuns, “Eclipsed” tells the story of five girls scorned not only by society but their own families. Considered “fallen”, they were locked up and forgotten. In this institution, some girls fought to regain their childhoods, while others fought to regain their children. Forced to endure heavy labor, mental, physical and emotional abuse, these girls fought until their last breaths.
The Magdalene Laundies operated for over 100 years, the last one closed in 1996. They generated income by taking in laundry from local businesses and churches. In what amounted to slave labor, the girls were never paid for their work.
“Eclipsed” will be performed In Milwaukee at the Irish Cultural Heritage center May 9 through May 13 and in Chicago on May 24 as partof the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival