The Playboy of the Western World

Play

Writers: John Millington Synge

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1907
Genres
Drama
Settings
Period, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
mayo county, western ireland, early 20th century
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

The Playboy of the Western World takes place over two days in the countryside of Ireland. A young man (Christopher “Christy” Mahon) enters, frightened and disheveled. He slowly reveals that he has killed his father - a story which makes him a celebrity in this small village. However, his heroic status is challenged when his murdered father arrives in the village. The Playboy of the Western World not only gives a glimpse into early 20th century Ireland, but also exposes the hypocrisy and danger of idolizing supposed criminals into celebrity status and the public breakdown when the truth is revealed.

Lead Characters