Eastern Illinois University

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College of Arts & Humanities

Dancing at Lughnasa

By: Brian Friel
Directed By: Jean Wolski

In 1936, in the small Irish town of Ballybeg, the five Mundy sisters do what is necessary to sustain their way of life. At the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest, their spare existence is interrupted by music, dancing, and the hope of romance. Brian Friel’s masterpiece examines the familial relationships, connections to the past, and the inevitable push to the future that leaves these women longing for a place in a new world, just as they rediscover their connection to an ancient one. Winner of 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, Dancing at Lughnasa is a haunting tribute to the spirit and valor of the past, and to a land where there are “no tears without laughter, and no laughter without tears…”


Dancing at Lughnasa is produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Times and prices


02/21 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
02/22 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
02/23 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
02/24 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
02/25 | 2:00 pm   Buy Tickets

Ticket Prices
General | $13.00
Senior | $11.00
Students | $5.00

Performance Location

The Black Box Theatre

The Black Box