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FAU Presents Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 31, 2008) – The department of theatre and dance in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa,” a drama set in Ireland of the 1930s, from Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 23 in the Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   General admission tickets are $16.   FAU faculty, staff, students and alumni may purchase tickets for $12. Tickets may be purchased by visiting, by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theater two hours prior to the performance.  

“Dancing at Lughnasa” takes place in 1936, a time of great world turmoil and a time of great challenge to the individual. It is set in the provincial Irish countryside near the shores of Donegal Bay. This cold, open area in the north of Ireland has cultivated tough and pragmatic people who have learned over the centuries to make do, trust in God and the church, endure suffering, and find joy in the simplicity of life. The play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters who have been toughened by their circumstances and now face more uncertainty as the depression begins to effect all of Europe and, most especially, Ireland.

The story is told through the eyes of a son of one of the sisters.   Michael provides a close look at the fabric of the Irish family and how each member turns to religion or to the superstitious beliefs of their ancestors to weather the impending storm of war, revolution and industrialization.

The play is directed by Jean-Louis Baldet, professor in FAU’s department of theatre and dance, and the cast are all graduate students at FAU. For more information, call 561-297-3810.

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