Many years ago I worked under Arvin Brown at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. At that time Siobhan McKenna of Ireland's Abbey Theatre had come over to make her directorial debut of "The Playboy of the Western World" and I was blessed to have a miniscule role in the production. Working with Ms. McKenna planted the seed for my growth as an American born Irish writer. Around the same time Constance Welch of The Yale School of Drama took an interest in my talents and continued the nurturing as I began working with Walter Tevis (The Hustler) and then William Gibson ("The Miracle Worker"). Finally, equipped with an MFA from Brandeis University (1971) I set out to hone my skills working as a foundry worker, coal miner, longshoreman, construction worker, cowhand and educator.
Karl Wallace and Siamese Tire in Tralee (Kerry Playwright's Platform) took my play "Dancing with the Devil" (I wrote it for Estelle Parsons and Anna Berger) beginning its developmental process in Ballydavid and again at The Blasket Center in Dún Chaoin. The plays are a continuation of Austin Clarke and JM Synge's focus on Erin’s peasant life. My plays have been produced in America and Ireland. There have been four published novels (1998 –2012). The newest Time and Distance was launched in Dingle, Ireland earlier this year.
William Gibson: "Lucason’s tongue is gifted with a kind of Irish gayety, witty and charming."
Norman Mailer: "To declare that Mr. L understands doubtless a lot in the 'Spooky Art'."
Aideen Howard, the Literary Director at the Abbey Theatre in Ireland about "West Kerry": ". . . faithful depiction of 1916 Ireland . . . strong characters are entirely believable . . . enjoyed the fluid and consistent style of dialogue . . . praise for the many light-hearted and humorous moments within the script etc."
“Irish poets learn their trade in public houses where, as Yeats said, they ‘sing whatever is well made.’ Whiskey wakens private lusts, and their voices are amplified through gallons of tears. Jim Lucason's “West Kerry” is a very witty play about a man about to marry a barmaid, ‘a hard, cruel woman who won't listen to a man who walked miles to see her smile.’ Many a smart drop is drunk in O'Reilly's pub on this night. When the merriment ends, come dawn, they have nowhere to go except return to the ‘gloom of their homes.’” Christopher Busa Provincetown Arts Magazine
“'West Kerry', set in 1916, is an evocative piece, rich in style and language.” Celia de Fréine Irish poet
About 'The Last Rightboy': “ . . . beautiful piece . . . a powerful tale and use of Irish language very passionately reflects the music of the Irish dialect and gives great honesty to the characters.” Jeremy B Cohen Hartford Stage Company
Sarah Miles, noted English actress on "Dancing with the Devil". “It reads wonderfully Irish, rich in poetry with excellently colourful dialogue. The story line is well constructured too . . . . ”
“This is an author who has lived a lot and through irreverence, suffering, joy and desire runs the gamut of emotions and understanding inherent in the working class condition. I find these plays compelling. They celebrate the inviolate sanctity of the human heart.” Frank Foley WOMR
A small New England press published my first two novels The Clearing and Horsethief Moon written as Jim McBride. Erica Noonan (The Boston Sunday Herald) has characterized the novel The Clearing as: "Much like the sentimental Bridges of Madison County this melodramatic, though sweet-natured love story brings two romantic souls together for a short, but magical time amid the pressure of outside obligations." The Cape Cod Times called it, "A tender taut tale of love and mystery spanning the centuries between the pilgrim era and our own." Gloria Miller in the Literary Times said, "Fabulous three dimensional characters . . . McBride thoroughly examines the meaning of love and he does it brilliantly." Romantic Times Magazine said, "Jim McBride’s writing refreshes like a summer rain. His unfettered style and keen sense of observation are achingly poetic. Horsethief Moon will steal your heart by its sheer honesty". Chuck Potter from WSUB said, "McBride uses language like a concert violinist to wend through time and emotion . . ." And WOMR professed, "What wonderful words and imagery" which echoed the sentiments of the Gallup Independent " . . . reads like a country love song."
“Paul Coelho is generally regarded as the main literary philosopher but in Jim Lucason we may just have found our own.” Time and Distance comment Mike O’Hare Corca Dhuibhne Beo - West Kerry Live
"The realistic portrayal of strong, believable characters in the two pieces ("West Kerry and The Last Rightboy") coupled with the author's obvious relish for language and local speech rhythms marks him out as a storyteller . . . ." Michael O'Sullivan The Irish Democrat
"Jim Lucason may define what it means to be a Renaissance man." Sue Harrison Provincetown Banner
Name: Jim (Seamus) Lucason
Lives in: Dingle, Ireland
Occupation: Playwright and Screenwriter