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The Irish Wake of Paddy O’Toole

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The delightful and mischievous Patty O’Toole has passed away and all his friends have gathered to say their last good-byes.  The funeral director brings everyone to order and the eulogies begin.  Things start rather normally until suddenly the ghost of Patty O’Toole appears to participate in his own wake.  It seems there is a delay in processing and he is in a holding pattern before he is able to go to the great beyond, so he thought he might as well see what everyone has to say about him while he’s waiting.

At first, they are all very upset by his being there, but somehow they find a way to continue.  As they all begin to relate their memories, it soon becomes apparent that not all their memories were filled with hearts and flowers, resulting in a knock-down, drag-out fight between Burnadette and Maureen, Father Shawnasee on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Aidan Donnelly in hot water with his wife over a jersey, and a not-so-happy memory of a flatulent dog at Michael’s Pub.

Then there are all the stories about Patty, the Leprechauns, the Banshee, a clock that runs backward, and all the little children in the village that just happen to look just like him.  (Uh Oh!)

And through it all, Patty proves to be the playful instigator of trouble every bit as much as when he was alive.

All the emotions rise to a fever pitch when, finally, Patty is called to move on.  It is only then that they all realize just how dull and boring life is going to be without him and they say a heartfelt “Good-byes”.

Lots of fun!

Lots of laughs!  And a real display of what it is to be Irish!


10 S Main Street

Quakertown, PA 18951 United States
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Don’t miss out on the fun!  Come See A Show!

We do many interesting, unique shows each year.  Come to a show, maybe win a prize at intermission, and be guaranteed a fun adventure into the witty and sometimes mysterious minds of playwrights, Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.

On Stage in 2020

Due to the Coronavirus, shows on stage thru this spring/summer are being cancelled to be rescheduled at a later date.  We look forward to entertaining you in the future!

Past Performance Archive

    • Chasing Santa
    • Nora Swan: Murder Most Personal
    • Love and Merger
    • The Irish Wake of Paddy O’Toole
    • Dancer the Footloose Reindeer
    • Mother Truckers, The Radio Show

How The Heck Did This Happen???

A funny thing happened on the way to the theater … One day, a dear friend of playwrights Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway contacted them and said something to the tune of … “I’d love to take your work, ‘Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus’ to the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in 2016, but it’s too long and I’d need to get a theatre group who is able to travel to perform it.”

Contact Info

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place
10 S. Main Street
Quakertown, PA  18951



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