Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Lonesome West Closes WC Drama Department's Spring Season, April 7 & 8

Chestertown, MD, April 5, 2006 — Washington College's Drama Department presents "Lonesome West," a senior thesis directed by Joe Gates and written by Martin McDonagh, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. No reservations are required and the public is invited to attend. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

Set in the remote Irish village, a modern day Cain and Abel—portrayed by students Chris Tinsman and Tim Helmer—share their continuous hatred for their town and each other in this contemporary black comedy. Every petty argument between the two brothers erupts into violence, as Father Welsh, priest of the local parish, tries to tame their tempestuous relationship.

"Despite the violence and tragedy that runs through the town, it is still a community with the possibility for love and hope," Gates says. "McDonagh's play is a striking monument to how sacred life truly is and how humans adapt to deal with the gravity of death."

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