The Wellesley Summer Theatre Company is proud to announce their production of The Playboy of the Western World, a masterwork by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed playwrights, John Millington Synge. The show opens on March 5th in the Schneider Center Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director Nora Hussey and designed by the resident team of Ken Loewit (Scenic and Lighting design), Nancy Stevenson (Costumes), Katie Bartunek (Co-costumes designer), and George Cooke (Sound). Romance, humor, music, imagination and lyrical language abound in this classic Irish tale of a small village that embraces a young stranger. The play tells the story of Christy Mahon and how he becomes a hero to a town on the west coast of Ireland after describing how he is on the run for killing his father. Set in Michael James Flaherty’s public house, the locals embrace Christy because of the daring nature of his act. Soon after his arrival, he captures the attention of the barmaid, Pegeen Mike, daughter of Flaherty. First produced in 1907, this play sent shock waves through the dramatic world, pushing the limits of decency and stoking an already red-hot nationalistic fire in Ireland. Though met with near instant rioting and controversy, it is now considered a masterpiece of poetic drama.
The production welcomes back company members past and present: Danny Bolton, Shelley Bolman, John Davin, Kelly Galvin, Vicky George, Ashley Gramolini, Will Keary, Lily Saffer, Derek Stone-Nelson, and Lewis Wheeler.
Thursdays March 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 7pm
Fridays March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 8pm
Saturdays March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 3pm & 8pm
Sundays March 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 3pm
Tickets are $20.00 General Admission, $10 Seniors and Students. To purchase tickets call the
Box Office @ 781-283-2000 or e-mail [email protected]
The theatre is handicap accessible. For disability services contact Jim Wice @ 781-283-2434
(Pictured: Kellly Galvin and Lewis
Wheeler. Photo credit: David Andrews.)