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ASU Department of Theatre announces cast for
'Dancing at Lughnasa,' opening Oct. 3
Sept. 24, 2008 --
The ASU Theatre announces the cast of the October production
of “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel. “Dancing
at Lughnasa” will be performed at Fowler Center Friday-Saturday, October
3-4, and Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 7-8. Allperformances
are at 7:30 p.m. A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the
Friday, Oct. 3 opening night performance.
“Dancing at Lughnasa” is an extraordinary play that reveals the story of
five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in
Ireland in 1936. Their sparse existence is interrupted by brief,
colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance
and hope of the world at large.
Lughnasa is the Irish festival marking the beginning of the harvest
season, celebrated on the first day of August. A cross-quarter day
between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, it was one of the
major festivals of the ancient Irish calendar. In medieval Ireland, the
Catholic Church appropriated the pagan festival and instituted the
custom of blessing the fields. The festival, still celebrated in modern
Ireland by bonfires, dancing, and family reunions, originally celebrated
the harvest and the community, as well as family and friends. It was
also, in ancient and medieval times, noted for handfastings, or trial
marriages, that would last a year and a day unless solemnized more
The ASU Theatre’s production of “Dancing at Lughnasa” is under
the stage direction of Stacy Alley, assistant professor of Theatre.
Scenic design will be by Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of
Theatre, and lighting design is by Bob Simpson, professor of Theatre.
Brent Foland, assistant professor of Theatre, will serve as costume
designer. Stage management duties for the production have been assigned
to Alex Poynor, a junior theatre major from Jonesboro.
The cast includes Ben Gibson, a senior theatre major from Jacksonville,
as Michael; Elizabeth Lawson, a senior theatre major from Marion, as
Kate; Katelyn Mathis, a junior theatre major from Corning, as Maggie;
Meredith Hendrix, a sophomore theatre major from Jonesboro, as Agnes;
Aleigha Morton, a sophomore theatre major from Searcy, as Rose; Cesiley
Sullivan, a freshman theatre major from Cabot, as Chris; Donnie Walters,
a junior theatre major from Trumann, as Gerry; and Jeremy Bukauskas, a
senior theatre major from Memphis, as Jack.
Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased
for reserved seating in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the
Convocation Center or by calling 972-ASU1. Tickets are also available
online at tickets.astate.edu. Reserved seating tickets (if available)
may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance.
Reservations are highly recommended.