By Brian Friel
Directed by Seth Renne
This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their sparce 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. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him: his mother and four maiden aunts. Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel’s tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.
This show will be rehearsed and performed via Zoom. The performances will be presented via ShowTix4U. A link will be sent to all ticket holders and will be provided to cast and crew.
Record a video on your phone or computer of you performing a 30-60 second monologue with an Irish dialect (Does not need to be memorized), and send it to by 5PM on Friday, February 19th. Submissions will be accepted as an email attachment, or by using WeTransfer to send the file. Please include the following information in the email or message section: Name, Email, Phone Number, Roles you are interested in, Any rehearsal conflicts through March 31st.
• Perform while seated, trying to frame yourself from the shoulders up. This is what you’ll look like in the video chat during most of the performance, so we’ll want to see how well you can emote in this limited space.
• In order to participate in the performance, you’ll need a stable internet connection; a smartphone, computer, or tablet that can run Zoom; and a pair of headphones.
• Yes, we will be using dialects in this performance. Your audition should show that you are comfortable using an Irish Dialect (Welch for Gerry).
• If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask!
Kate is the eldest of the Mundy sisters and behaves as a mother figure towards the others. As a schoolteacher.
In place of a career, Maggie acts as the chief family homemaker. Throughout the play she is revealed as serving a deeper purpose as the "joker" of the family, defusing tensions as they arise.
At 26 years old, Chris is the youngest of the Mundy sisters, and, like Maggie, has no paid job. Gerry Evans fathered her son, Michael, seven years ago and is seen as walking in and out of their lives as he chooses.
Rose is 32, but behaves much younger than her years, due to a developmental disability. This condition makes her particularly vulnerable.
Agnes is quiet and contemplative, knitting gloves with Rose whilst also helping to keep the house in order, along with Maggie.
Michael does not appear onstage as a child, but his presence is alluded to by the other characters, while the adult Michael speaks his lines from the side of the stage.
Gerry is initially portrayed as an intensely negative character, particularly by Kate, for having left Chris after fathering her illegitimate son, Michael. However, upon his first appearance in the play, Gerry is shown to be charming and genuinely affectionate towards Chris.
Jack is in his late fifties. He had left home as a young man to work as a missionary in a leper colony in Uganda. Beyond this, he had been a Catholic chaplain in the British Army in East Africa during World War I.
REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCE
All rehearsals and performance of DANCING AT LUGHNASA will be held virtually on Zoom. Rehearsals will be held Wednesday & Thursday evenings starting Feb 24th. Recording is set for March 24, 25, and 31 (If needed).
***Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
****Gallery Theater is a non-profit community theater. All roles are volunteer