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Our 1996-1997 Season: Mainstage

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Written 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. 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. 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 banshees in their own kitchen. 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.


AgnesCandy Cobb
MaggieGayle Hendrix
MichaelKevin Kiddoo
JackJay Mills
GerryBill Purdy
ChrisWendy Ryden
KateDiane Schultz
RoseDonna Sousa

Production Staff

DirectorBill Zanowitz
ProducerRaymond Bath
Robin Totillo
ChoreographerKirk Voorhees
Stage ManagerJanine Wentz
Set DesignJeff Knapp
Set ConstructionKen Anspach
Set Construction-CrewBJ Brennan
Roger Clark
Marty Kleindienst
Chick Lauria
Bill Massa
Jack O'Brian
Don Ryerson
George Walter
Steve Zevas
Set DecorDave Zimmerman
Set Decor-CrewRaymond Bath
Reesa Jenkins
Carol Jones
Michael Mooney
Flip Robinson
Sal Ruggiero
Rozanne Sullivan
Scenic ArtistEd Nicolazzo
Lighting DesignLarry Wilbur
Lighting Board OperationBill Marshall
Lighting-CrewBill Massa
Sound DesignJim Totillo
PropsBill Stephenson
Jonathan Wentz
Props-CrewRozanne Sullivan
CostumesDebbie Gregory Fink
Make-Up / HairMindy Knapp
PhotographyKen Anspach
Marge Gaffney
Program CoverJonathan Wentz
Program LayoutJonathan Wentz
PublicityJanine Wentz