The Playboy of the Western World
by John Millington Synge | Directed by Karen Sneed
March 13 – March 28, 2020 (Thu-Sat) | Dougherty Arts Center
Auditions: Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30-9:20 pm
J. M. Synge’s comic masterpiece The Playboy of the Western World, takes place in the remote “Wild West” of Ireland in the early 20th century, where fiery Pegeen Mike runs her father’s rural public house. From the darkness of the evening wanders Christy Mahon, a stranger claiming he’s killed his father and has been running for days. Instead of condemning him, the locals savor his story, justify his actions, and elevate Christy to hero status. And mayhem ensues . . .
The play was published and performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1907, and provoked riots at the theatre throughout its (successful) run. While the reasons for the displeasure of those original audiences seem archaic to modern sensibilities, the play’s sheer exuberance and the lyricism of the words live on and the play is a favorite all over the world.