Lipscomb Theatre: Dancing at Lughnasa
Lipscomb Theatre presents:
Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in l936. The action of the play is told through the memory of Michael, the illegitimate son of one of the sisters, as he remembers the five women who raised him at the time of the Festival of Lughnasa. He is only seven in 1936, the year his elderly uncle, a priest, returns after serving for twenty-five years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. For the young boy, two other disturbances occur that summer.
The sisters acquire their first radio, whose music transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping savages in their own kitchen. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to romance and hope of the world at large. And he meets his father for the first time, a charming Welsh drifter who strolls up the lane and sweeps his mother away in an elegant dance across the fields. From these small events spring the cracks that destroy the foundation of the family forever. Widely regarded as Brian Friel's masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel's tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.
Director: Beki Baker
Where: University Theatre
When: April 9, 10, 11. 15, 16, 17, 18 7:30 p.m.
April 12 Matinee at 3:30 p.m.
Price: Individual ticket $17
Faculty Price: $12
Student Price: $5
Lipscomb Box Office: 615.966.7077