Monday, February 11, 2008

The Playboy of the Western World - FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 2, 2008 - “There is a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.”

Tuscaloosa, AL, February 2008 - The University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Playboy of the Western World, opening in the Gallaway Theatre, Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 7:30pm and running through March 2, 2008.

J.M. Synge’s, The Playboy of the Western World invites you to visit the coast of Ireland and experience rural life in the early 1900s. Christy Mahon, a stranger in town, arrives at Flaherty’s Public House, proclaiming he has killed his father and fled his former life. For the locals, this story rings of excitement and adventure, and enlivens their otherwise dull and dreary world. But is Christy telling the truth? Director Rory Ledbetter tempts you with the underlying exuberance found in this wildly passionate portrayal of Synge’s masterpiece. “There'll be singing, laughter, romancing, and violence!” says Ledbetter. This is sure to be a piece that tugs at the heartstrings of the audience while capturing the beauty of the Irish Spirit.

Keeping in the Irish Spirit, The Department of Theatre and Dance will host an Irish Mini-Fest before the 2pm matinee performance on Saturday, March 1, 2008, from 11am – 2pm. Join us in front of Rowand-Johnson Hall for traditional Irish entertainment, including dancers, music, food, and an opportunity to test your “luck of the Irish” in a drawing for a full season ticket package for two for the 2008-2009 Theatre & Dance season. 90.7 The Capstone will be broadcasting all the fun live from the Mini-Fest.

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