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"Dancing at Lughnasa"

Sat Apr 17th , 2010 7:30pm-10:30pm
First Light Theatre Project
Venue: Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
$8 for adults $5 for students
1 Main Street, Union Station Burlington, VT 05401 (Map) (Set as Local)
"Dancing at Lughnasa" Burlington Vermont

Dancing at Lughnasa

An exciting and talented cast has been assembled to perform this extraordinary play about five unmarried sisters, eking out their lives in a small village in
Ireland in 1936.

The action of the play is told through the memory of Michael -- the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him - his mother and four maiden aunts. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with 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.

Michael 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.

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Event Type:
Type : Show
Age : Teen
In : Indoor
Members : Public Welcome
Event : Performance

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