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February 1, 2020
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Jan Makuch

The Theatre at Marietta College will perform The Playboy of the Western World: An Irish Comedy by J.M. Synge at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1st, in the Friederich Theater. It is directed by instructor Melissa Hill Grande. 

One night, a scruffy young stranger, Christy Mahon, stumbles into Michael James Flaherty’s public house on the wild coast of County Mayo in Ireland. After much hemming and hawing, Christy eventually claims he is a decent lad on the run after killing his father. Enjoying the bold story, the locals welcome Christy as a hero, and Flaherty’s barmaid daughter Pegeen Mike falls for him, much to the dismay of her betrothed. What will happen when the truth comes out?

Scandalous in its time, the first performance in 1907 led to riots as Irish nationalists viewed the play to be an insult against morality and Ireland.

This show is equivalent to a PG-13 movie rating.

Enhance your experience in 30 minutes or less! As part of the Preshow Lecture Series, arrive an hour before this performance to engage with directors, dramaturgs, or special guests as they draw back the curtain and share insights on what you are about to see. Don't worry — no spoilers here!

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available through