Raucous revelry, dancing part of Tony-winning ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

It’s 1936 and five unmarried sisters live in a small village in Ireland.

They are the characters of “Dancing at Lughnasa,” a story told through the memory of the now grown son of one of the sisters.

“Dancing at Lughnasa,” written by Brian Friel and a winner of a Tony Award for best play, will be performed by the Magic Circle Players at the Magic Circle Theater, 420 S. 12th St., in Montrose.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 11–26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. A special performance is scheduled for at 7:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17.

Those who attend the play will meet the sisters for the first time at the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with raucous revelry and dancing. It is during this time that the sisters acquire their first radio, “whose music transforms them from correct, mature women, to shrieking, stomping school girls in their own kitchen,” according to a synopsis of the play in the theater’s February newsletter.

That same summer, the 7-year-old son of one of the sisters “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,” the newsletter said.

Tickets for the play are available at the theater box office or by calling 249-7838. Information, including the newsletter, can be viewed at http://www.magiccircleplayers.com.



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