Brigit St. Brigit Theatre is hosting a performance piece on the 1916 Irish independence rebellion and a lecture from preservationist John Hargiss in conjunction with its annual Irish Festival.

The festival began Friday night with the premiere of "Sive" at the 40th Street Theatre, a 110-year-old building that Hargiss has been restoring with girlfriend Mary Thorsteinson.

"Sive" runs Thursdays through Sundays until March 6.

Lisabeth Buchelt and Richard Murphy created "Rising: Ireland's 1916 Unlikely Victory for Independence," a piece that captures the confusion that occurred when a rebel corps of armed scholars, poets, schoolteachers and playwrights set up military positions in various sites around Dublin.

A week of violence followed between those volunteers and British soldiers.

Now known as the Easter Rising of 1916, the event ignited Ireland's march toward independence from Britain.

Eric Griffith will join Buchelt and Murphy in the performance, set for 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

On March 1 and March 6, Hargiss will discuss the process of restoring the Art Nouveau theater, from finding original items in its basement to scouring sources for era-appropriate materials that he could repurpose. He now has a space for music shows, plays, weddings, meetings and other community gatherings. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. both days.

Admission is $10 admission. You can make reservations at or by calling 402-502-4910.

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