Frostburg State University Theatre will present the J.M. Synge’s Irish classic “The Playboy of the Western World” on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, and Thursday through Saturday, March 9 to March 11, at 8 p.m., and March 4 at 2 p.m., in the Drama Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.
When Christy Mahon saunters into a small Irish town claiming to have killed his father in self defense, the villagers become captivated by his mystique and bravery, proclaiming him the “Playboy of the Western World.” Their praise gives Christy newfound confidence and he quickly becomes a favorite among the village girls and Widow Quinn. He also wins the affections of Pegeen Mike who runs her father’s pub where Christy has taken refuge. However, when another stranger comes to town, Christy’s image takes a turn for the worse, causing Pegeen Mike and other townsfolk to reveal some harsh realities that underlie their isolated community.
When this humorous and satirical play opened at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1907, riots (known as the Playboy riots) filled the streets, as people thought Synge had misrepresented Irish life and women, for he scandalously mentioned females “standing in their shifts.” Since those initial nationalistic shock waves, “The Playboy” has become a poetic masterpiece and as favorable to audiences as Christy Mahon to that small Irish town.
Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. For reservations and information, please call the University Theatre box office at (301) 687-7462.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.