UofO Theatre to present Dancing at Lughnasa

Release Date: 9/26/2005

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks Theatre Department will present its first production of the academic year, Dancing at Lughnasa, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 15 in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus.

Chosen by Time magazine as one of the 10 best plays of 1991, Dancing at Lughnasa is the lyrical story of five unmarried sisters, one with a small son, living in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1936. Set during the fall harvest festival of Lughnasa, the story revolves around the changes that personal as well as world events bring to each of the sisters.

Dancing at Lughnasa won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best broadway Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. In reviewing the play, the New York Post wrote, “This is no way a play to be missed ---- simply a wonderful experience. Experience it.”

Written by Brian Friel, Ozarks’ production of Lughnasa will be directed by Professor Pat Farmer with production design by Professor Bruce B. Brown. Stage manager is Garrett Kilgore and choreographer is Lacey Kennedy.

The cast includes, Aleks Berry as Michael Evans, Annie Mitchell as Christina Mundy, Erin Fuller as Maggie Mundy, Kristina Davenport as Agnes Mundy, Jenava Moreau as Rose Mundy, India Judd as Kate Mundy, James Pritchett as Father Jack Mundy and Dane Sanders as Gerry Evans.

The crew includes, Bruce B. Brown as technical director; John Derrington as light board operator; Saul Palencia as sound board operator; Leah Short as lighting assistant; Diana Farrow as costume assistant and wardrobe crew chief; Grace Harnish as sound assistant; Ashley Broomfield as assistant stage manager and house manager; Lacey Ridenhour, Shala Plumlee and Michael Schmoker as prop/stage crew; Rose Southwell, Grace Harnish and Phillip Perez as wardrobe crew; and Danielle Stover as box office manager.

General admission is $7 and tickets for senior citizens are $5 each.