Lughnasa is the name of an ancient Celtic harvest festival held in early August, and it is also the metaphorical setting for Dancing at Lughnasa, Irish playwright Brian Friel’s 1990 drama about the three Mundy sisters whose ordinary lives seem to be leading to a fruitless end. Love is dangled before them as a fleeting possibility, and as we watch their reactions we are moved to ponder: Are they agents or victims of their own hopelessness? We will discuss theater techniques, staging options, and various ways one might interpret the characters as an actor. Participants will also have the opportunity to create alternate scenes and to act out certain passages in class. LIMITED REGISTRATION – 25.

Suggested reading: Any copy of the play, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. The Faber and Faber paperback will be used in class. 

John Trainor, B.A., M.S., M.A., has been well known to theater goers in the Berkshires for decades. He has acted and directed for the stage not only in western Massachusetts and eastern New York, but also in Africa and the Bahamas.


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