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Act 1 Continues Successful “Tea Talk” Enrichment Series with Irish Master Storyteller Juilene Osborne-McNight

by Roseann Damico Schatkowksi | Jan 21, 2015

In conjunction with its upcoming production of Brian Friel’s extraordinary Irish drama, “Dancing at Lughnasa,” Act 1 DeSales University Theatre will offer an afternoon “Tea Talk” enrichment lecture on Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 PM. The purpose of this special event is to provide context that may illuminate deeper themes within the play and enhance the theatre-going experience.

Act 1 is delighted to welcome as guest speaker associate professor and chair of DeSales department of humanities, Juilene Osborne-McKnight. A prolific Irish author and traditional “seanchai” (storyteller) in the ancient Irish tradition, Ms. Osborne-McKnight will share her insights into the significance of the four historic festivals celebrated by the Celts of ancient Ireland while telling stories associated with each.

Written by Brian Friel, “Dancing at Lughnasa” is a memory play about the five brave Mundy sisters as told by the grown son one of the unmarried sister’s. Set in the autumn of 1936, in County Donegal, Ireland, the sisters prepare to celebrate the harvest festival of the god Lugh. Their older brother Jack has just returned home from Africa, changed after 25 years as a missionary priest. A radio nicknamed "Marconi,” which only works intermittently, brings 1930s dance and traditional Irish folk music into the home at rather random moments and then equally randomly ceases to play. This leads the women into sudden outbursts of wild dancing.

The event will take place in the Commonwealth room of the DeSales University Center on the campus of DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue in Center Valley, PA.  Tickets are $10 per person and include Irish delights such as teas, scones, and cakes. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available at the door. For tickets and information, please call the Act 1 box office at 610-282-3192 or online at desales.edu/act1.


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