The Plough and the Stars

Play

Writers: Sean O'Casey

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
1926
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Dublin, Ireland, November 1915 - Easter week 1916
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
None
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, late teen characters

Synopsis

Ireland is still under the rule of Great Britain, and the Irish people are preparing to rebel. In a small tenement in one of Dublin’s working class neighborhoods live the Clitheroes. Jack Clitheroe used to belong to the Irish Citizen Army, and his wife, Nora, would do anything to keep him from returning to the dangerous cause. Her voice is an unpopular one; almost all of their friends and neighbors support the Nationalist cause. But as fighting breaks out in the streets, there is little that any of the tenement’s residents can do to stay unaffected by the violence of the rebellion. Centered around Dublin’s Easter Rising in 1916, The Plough and the Stars is one of playwright Sean O’Casey’s most renowned and poignant works. The play examines the powerful force of political idealism and the lives of those swept up in its tide. It is the final play in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin trilogy.

Lead Characters