Overview


Synopsis

Set in the fictional Irish town of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, told from the perspective of an adult Michael, recalling the summer he spent at his aunts' home when he was seven years old. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a big cottage just outside of this small, Irish town. Kate, the eldest, is a schoolteacher; Agnes and Rose knit gloves and help keep house with Maggie and Christine (Michael's mother), who have no income at all. Their brother, Jack, has also recently returned home. Jack is a priest, who has lived in a Ugandan leper colony for the last 25 years, working as a missionary. He is suffering from malaria and has trouble remembering many things, including the sisters' names and his English vocabulary. Gerry, Michael's father, is charming and completely unreliable. A clown and a vagabond, he visits rarely, and always unannounced. During the summer Michael spends with them, he sees his aunts' search for and find the potential for love -- only to lose it as the hardships of life begin to cripple them. Brian Friel's multi award-winning play is a masterpiece, portraying the strength and bravery of five sisters who dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives, before those lives change forever.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Bass

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Book:
Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Play 1992
First Produced:
1990
Genres
Drama
Time & Place
county donegal, ireland, august, 1936, love, heartbreak, hope, tragedy, celtic, longing, family
Cast Size
medium
Licensor:
Ideal For
female-heavy cast, ensemble cast, professional theatre, community theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

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