The Playboy of the Western World
An Irish Comedy by J.M. Synge
Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta College - 500 Butler Street, Marietta, OH, USA
A daring fellow is the jewel of the world.
The Playboy of the Western World: An Irish Comedy
by J.M. Synge
Directed by Melissa Hill Grande
One night, a scruffy young stranger, Christy Mahon, stumbles into Michael James Flaherty’s public house on the wild coast of County Mayo in Ireland. After much hemming and hawing, Christy eventually claims he is a decent lad on the run after killing his father. Enjoying the bold story, the locals welcome Christy as a hero, and Flaherty’s barmaid daughter Pegeen Mike falls for him, much to the dismay of her betrothed. What will happen when the truth comes out?
Scandalous in its time, the first performance in 1907 led to riots as Irish nationalists viewed the play to be an insult against morality and Ireland.
“(A) timeless comedy…saucy and hilarious” – The New York Times
Equivalent to a PG-13 movie rating
- January 31, 8 pm: Ticket holders are invited to join us after the performance for an opening night celebration!
- February 1, 8 pm: Enhance your experience in 30 minutes or less! As part of our Preshow Lecture Series, join us an hour before this performance to engage with directors, dramaturgs, or special guests as they draw back the curtain and share insights on what you are about to see. Don't worry -- no spoilers here!
- February 8, 2 pm: Art and philanthropy merge in Playing For Others. A portion of all proceeds from this performance will benefit a designated charity.
Marietta College students, employees, and immediate families of employees may see the performance for free by showing their Marietta College ID at the box office in the Hermann Fine Arts Center lobby on the day of the performance, or they can purchase tickets in advance here. The box office opens an hour before each performance.