Glenna Brucken as Rose, left to right, Ellie Clark as Agnes, Sarah Harlett as Maggie, Katherine Scholl as Kate, Johnathan Putnam as Father Jack, Joe Carlson as Gerry Evans, Kat Bramley as Christina, with Brian David Evans as Michael Evans in the foreground in the Tantrum Theater production of “Dancing at Lughnasa” (Daniel King)

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ premiers at Abby Theater July 29

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Tantrum Theater will present Brian Friel’s Irish masterpiece Dancing at Lughnasa at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, Ohio July 29 at 8 p.m. and all press are invited to the preview night performance July 28 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for Dancing at Lughnasa on the website ( and by calling the Dublin Community Recreation Center at 614-410-4550. All seats are general admission. Shows will be performed in the Abbey Theater at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road in Dublin.

There will be two Pay-What-You-Will previews on July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and a preview July 28 at 8 p.m. A reception will be held in the Abbey lobby following the July 29, 8 p.m. opening night performance. The remainder of the performance schedule is as follows: Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; Thursday Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Each ticket purchased for performances during the Dublin Irish Festival on August 5, 6 or 7 can also be redeemed at the Dublin Community Recreation Center Desk for a free admission ticket to the Dublin Irish Festival. Special parking information will be given to you at the time of your ticket purchase. General information about parking during the festival can be found on the Dublin Irish Festival website:

Irish scholar Heather Edwards, Ph.D. will give a free preshow talk about Irish Theater in the Ohio University Dublin Den tent located at the Dublin Irish Festival from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.- 7:00pm prior to the Saturday August 6th 8pm performance in the Abbey Theater. More information about Tantrum Theater at the Dublin Irish Festival including a map of the grounds can be found here.

Can love set you free? Journey to the heart of Ireland, 1936, to experience the pulsating energy of a Celtic harvest festival, and remember for a moment a simple life filled with laughter and hope. In one of Ireland’s most beloved and powerful plays, the five indomitable Mundy sisters dance through memories of family, tenderness, and heartbreak—as the world tumbles towards revolution.

When playwright Brian Friel was asked why he was attracted to late 19th-centurty Russian authors he mused: “Maybe because the characters in the plays behave as if their old certainties were as sustaining as ever ― even though they know in their hearts that their society is in melt-down and the future has neither a welcome nor even an accommodation for them. Maybe a bit like people of my own generation in Ireland today. Or maybe…because they have no expectations whatever from love but still invest everything in it.”

Originally presented at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1990, the play transferred to London’s National Theatre in 1991 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Play and then to Broadway where is won the Tony for Best Play.

This production of Brian Friel’s Irish masterpiece is directed by award-winning Seattle based director, Sheila Daniels and features a professional cast including central Ohio based actor Jonathan Putnam and Athens based actors Katherine Scholl and Brian Evans as well as actors from Seattle, Louisville, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Lexington, KY.


General Admission
Tickets and full performance schedule are available at and by calling the Dublin Community Recreation Center at (614) 410-4550.
Regular Tickets will be priced at $27.50
Student Tickets will be priced at $10. Student tickets only available for purchase at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. A valid student I.D. is required.
Preview performances on July 26 and 27 will be Pay What You Will performances.