Justice Theater presents “Dancing At Lughnasa” | Jun 11-27

The Justice Theater Project will present Dancing at Lughnasa written by Brian Friel, and directed by The Justice Theater Project’s Artistic Director, Deb Royals. The production will run June 11- 27, 2010. Cardinal Gibbons Performing Arts Center, 1401 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh.

Five unmarried sisters in a small Irish village hope and dream of a better life, while music from their radio transforms and transports them.  Winner of 3 Tony Awards.

During the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing, the sisters 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. The music transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping banshees in their own kitchen.

The play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him, his mother and four maiden aunts.  He 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.

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. This haunting play is a tribute to the spirit and valor of family.

The sisters are played by  Susannah Hough (Kate), Leanne Heintz (Maggie), Renee  Wimberly (Agnes),   Betsy Henderson (Christine),  Christine Zagrobelny (Rose), The male members of the cast are Michael Keough and John Honeycutt (sharing the role of Father Jack), Ryan Brock (Michael), Adam Sichel (young Michael), Jason Sharp (Gerry).

Dancing at Lughnasa is directed by The Justice Theater Project’s Artistic Director, Deb Royals. The  associate director  is Brett Stegall. The design team includes sound designer Julie Jones,  lighting and set designers Lexie Nichols and Rebecca Buck,  costuming designer David Serxner,  stage manager Andy Hayworth, and assistant costume designer Anna Lewis.

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) is an advocacy and activist theater company whose mission is to use the dramatic arts to bring to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.  Each year JTP presents a diverse combination of original works, main stage productions, and community outreach events focusing on issues of social justice.

As a means of opening a dialogue,  two afternoons of pre-show discussions with Father David McBriar, O.F.M. will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 and Sunday, June 27.

Dancing at Lughnasa will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on June 11, 12, 18,  19, 25, 26 and June 13, 20, 27 at 2:00 p.m.   Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for groups of 10 or more.  Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m. is $5.00 admission day.

Special events:

  • Friday, June 11th Opening night! 8:00 p.m.
    Enjoy pre show music in the lobby with the fabulous Irish band, The Ghosts of Erin from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45
    After the show, join the cast for opening night complimentary reception.
  • Sunday, June 13th $5 Matinee!  2:00 p.m.     Father David McBriar, O.F.M. will facilitate a pre show discussion from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 25th 8:00 p.m.    Audio Description for the visually impaired provided by Arts Access.  Contact us for a special discount for the visually impaired.
  • Enjoy a FUN NIGHT OUT: Join the cast and crew after the show at the Hibernian Pub and Restaurant on Glenwood Avenue!  Bring your ticket stub from any performance of the show, meet the cast, get a discount on Guinness, and maybe you’ll win great Guinness prizes!
  • Sunday, June 27th 2:00 p.m. – FINAL SHOW!    Join Father David Mc Briar, O.F.M .for a pre show discussion at 1:30 p.m

For more information about the Justice Theatre Project visit http://thejusticetheaterproject.org/