Monday, April 23, 2007

Al Fresco Afternoon Theater with WC Drama Department's Dancing at Lughnasa, April 27, 28

Chestertown, MD, April 23, 2007 — Experience theater al fresco with the Washington College Drama Department's presentation of an excerpt from Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel, directed by Professor Polly Sommerfeld, Friday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, at noon, at the library terrace ramp in front of the College's West Hall.

Inspired by the memories of the playwright, Dancing at Lughnasa recalls the lives of the Mundy family living in a poor, Irish village during the Autumn of 1936. Through the eyes of Michael, a seven-year-old at the time of the telling, the lives of his mother, Christina, and her four sisters—Maggie, Agnes, Rose, and Kate—unfold on the eve of the annual Festival of Lughnasa, a traditional Celtic harvest festival.

Featuring an ensemble cast of seniors Alaina Anderson, Sarah Byrne, Val Larson, Keighty McLallen, Greg Schaefer, and Molly Weeks, the Washington College vignette charmingly portrays the power of family, music, and memory.

Admission to the show is free, and audience members are invited to bring blankets or chairs, as they will be seated on the College's Campus Green. In the event of rain, the show will be performed in Norman James Theatre. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

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