Triquetra: An Evening of Classic Irish Theater Oct. 17-26 at MuCCC.
We are presenting three classic Irish plays brought together by the Irish virtues of wit, wordplay and storytelling:
Act 1: “The Shadow of the Glen“, by J. M. Synge (directed by Virginia Monte).
John Millington Synge was one of the foremost young Irish playwrights during the early years of the Irish theatrical renaissance of the early 20th century. The Shadow of the Glen, like Riders to the Sea, was one of his one-act masterpieces written early in his career in 1902. As with all of Synge’s plays, its setting is the far western edge of Ireland, in the Aran Islands. In this story, a mysterious tramp seeks shelter in an isolated farmhouse, where he finds a woman tending to the corpse of her husband. When the woman leaves to find her new beau, the ‘corpse’ springs up, revealing that his death was a ruse to discover her secret lover. In the end, the woman finds happiness, but with which one?
Act 2: “The Betrayal”, by Padraic Colum (directed by Mike Stenzel)
Colum, along with Synge, was a young Irish playwright of the early 20th century. The Betrayal was written in 1912, a time when the Irish Home Rule fight in the United Kingdom was reaching a crisis, and a play about an Anglo Irish aristocrat blackmailing an innocent Irish woman to betray her people was too sensitive for the stage. The first production of this one act masterwork was presented in Pittsburgh in 1914, at the newly-created Carnegie Tech School of Drama. Our production features Peter Scribner, President of RCP, in his first stage role in 20 years, as the charming, diabolical villain Morgan LeFroy.
Act 3: “Crabbed Youth and Age”, by Lennox Robinson (Directed by Joan VanNess)
Robinson was also a noted Irish playwright of the early part of the last century, inspired by W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. While Synge favored romantic fables from the West of Ireland, and Colum preferred the realistic style of Ibsen, Robinson liked comedy. Our Irish Players program produced his farce Is Life Worth Living? in 2013. InCrabbed Youth and Age, three pretty but despairing sisters are ready for love! The problem? Every suitor these girls have is smitten by the lovely, vivacious and flirtatious mother of the trio! When yet another dinner party ends up with the sisters listening to their suitors dote on their mother, a little “plain speaking” makes for lots of comedy.
The producer of Triquetra: An Evening of Classic Irish Theater is Jillian Christensen, the Chair of our Irish Player Committee.
Performance dates: There are six scheduled performances:
Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday October 19 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 23, 24 and 25 at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25.