The Theatre at Marietta College will perform The Playboy of the Western World: An Irish Comedy by J.M. Synge at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8th, 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. Art and philanthropy merge in Playing For Others. A portion of all proceeds from this performance will benefit a designated charity.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available through www.marietta.edu/boxoffice. Marietta College students, employees, and immediate families of employees may get free tickets at the box office on the day of the performance by presenting a Marietta College ID.