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Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:30pm to Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 2:00pm
Freed Center: Biggs Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa

September 19 - 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Septemer 21& 22 at 2 p.m.


Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel is the extraordinary Irish drama that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1992.   Set in 1930's rural Ireland, Friel's masterpiece is a memory play that rivals Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie.  In the play, narrator  Michael recalls his childhood,  his unwed mother and the four maiden aunts who helped to raise him.  The story focuses on these five brave women and their spirited efforts to celebrate life in the face of poverty and the repressive cultural and religious forces of the day.    We meet them in August, the festival of Lughnasa, the ancient, celtic festival of the harvest, celebrated with pagan revelry and dancing

Brian Friel (1929-   ).  Ireland's best-known living playwright, Brian Friel is often regarded as the most significant Irish playwright since that country's literary renaissance at the turn of the century.   In a career that has spanned over six decades, Friel has written over thirty plays that have been produced around the world, including his first major success, Philadelphia Here I Come (1964),  Faith Healer (1979), and  Translations (1980).  Dancing at Lughnasa premiered at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1990, moved to London in 1991, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Play and then on to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play as well.  

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Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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