St. Paddy Charleston Premiere of Playboy
Celebrate St. Paddy’s with J.M. Synge’s dark Irish Comedy: Playboy of the Western World
The 1907 World Premier of J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World caused riots in Dublin. At this Charleston Premier we can — at the very least — promise you Riotous Laughter!
Synopsis of the story: On the west coast of County Mayo a young man named Christy stumbles into Flaherty’s tavern. There he claims that he is on the run because he killed his father by driving a loy (shovel) into his skull. Flaherty praises Christy for his boldness, and Flaherty’s daughter, Pegeen, falls in love with Christy, to the dismay of her fiancé Shawn. Christy’s quickly becomes a town hero. He enjoys the life of a celebrity until his angry father, who is very much alive, shows up at the tavern looking for him. Along the way there are, toasts, songs, power plays, a wake, angry villagers, a mule race, unusual gifts, and one knock down drag out fight.
Key players: This production showcases a large cast of some of your favorite Charleston actors — all of whom have been fine-tuning their Irish brogues for months! Directed by Linda Eisen. The Cast: Sean Rafferty (Christy), Lizzie Mears (Pegeen), Braxton Williams (Michael Flaherty), Mark Poremba (old Mahon), Kody Roza (Shawn), Fred Hutter (Jimmy), Peter Ferneding (Philly), Samantha Andrews (Widow Quinn)
Come have a pint with us, and enjoy a highly diverting evening immersed in all things Irish, whimsical, outrageous and daft in this interactive setting of environmental theatre.
“May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.”
All performances are at South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Avenue in the trendy Park Circle area of North Charleston.
All tickets are $18.00 March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30PM and Sundays: March 16, 23 at 3:00 PM
Online Box Office or 843 745-0317