Dancing at Lughnasa

Thursday, November 8, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018

Directed by Professor Ellen Hemphill, Dancing at Lughnasa is a two-act play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel. It is set during the summer of 1936 in the fictional Irish town of Ballybeg. This play is the story of a family of 5 sisters, their brother Jack (a priest recently returned from Africa), Michael (the child of one of the sisters, also the narrator), and Gerry, the always-absent father of Michael.

Music and dancing carry the theme of this seemingly simple story, and reveal the inner lives, the passions and obsessions of the sisters. The dancing also offers hints of pagan rituals that are juxtaposed against the strict Catholic tradition of the household and the town itself.

From the director:  "I chose this play because I want to explore the conflicts between the fantasy of what is remembered versus the reality of what happened, and between the need to stay safe/in the past versus the need to change. I’m especially intrigued with the efforts of the women to find escape in the face of difficult circumstances.  We will have a dialect coach for this play and also the chance to work with live musicians and Irish music and dance. Visual and sound design will also be a big part of the production to create the atmosphere of 'seen and unseen' worlds."

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
women dancing

Sheafer Theater