|“Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel is directed by Don Butler, associate professor of theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Photo credit: Stephanie Plateroti.|
The Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre Department will present “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, November 21-23 with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24 at the Fern Street Theater, 500 Fern Street, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $15 general admission or 2 for $25; $10 seniors 65+; $5 PBA students with I.D., faculty and staff. For tickets, call (561) 803-2970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Dancing at Lughnasa” is a hauntingly beautiful play with the kind of rich language that seems to be the mainstay of Irish playwrights; in this case, Brian Friel. Lughnasa is the Celtic festival of the harvest, which comes in August, and is the time of this play. Harvest is an occasion of reaping what you have sown; and so it is with the Mundy sisters, as we learn from the narrator, their brother, Michael, in one of the most shattering uses of dramatic irony in recent memory. “Dancing at Lughnasa” was originally produced on the New York stage by Noel Pearson in association with Bill Kenwright and Joseph Harris.
“Dancing at Lughnasa” is directed by Don Butler, associate professor of theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Butler has directed some 60 productions around the country and has had a hand in the establishment of four Equity theaters, including New York’s Hypothetical Theatre, Dallas’ Lyric Stage, Miami’s Actors Playhouse and Palm Beach County’s Take Heed Theater Company. He wrote and directed “Once Upon A Time…In Florida," “The Inventors’ Magic Key," "Virtue Reality," "...And Called it Macaroni," and "It's a Great, Really Big, Humongous, Ginormous, Lotta People Ball!" for StoryMakers Professional Theatre for Audiences. All of these original productions have premiered at the Kravis Center and “Once Upon A Time…In Florida” toured the state. Also, for the Kravis Center, he directed “All Over the Map;" a play for young audiences by Doug Cooney that was commissioned as part of the "Faces & Places Palm Beach" permanent exhibition. He has written six works for the stage, all of which were produced at many venues around the country.