Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Dancing at Lughnasa is the story of five unmarried sisters who are barely making ends meet while living in a small village in Ireland in 1936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him, his mother and four maiden aunts, his uncle, a missionary priest, and his charming Welsh drifter father.

Dancing at Lughnasa ran April 8-10, 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater

Director: Dr. Thomas Joyner
Stage Manager: Sarah Harder
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Wenger

Cast:

Michael – Joel Rittenhouse
Chris – Lauren Zehr
Maggie – Sarah K. Gant
Agnes – Julia J. King
Rose – Emily Hertzler
Kate – Charlotte Wenger
Gerry – Stephen Kniss