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Albright College's Domino Players to Present Dancing at Lughnasa 



April 24, 2014


Reading, Pa. – The Albright College Domino Players and director Julia Matthews, Ph.D., will stage the play Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, May 1 to 4, in the Wachovia Theatre, Center for the Arts.  

Friel’s story centers on five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in the 1930s. The audience meets them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, a celebration of a pagan god of the harvest. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him – his mother and four maiden aunts – in this haunting tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

Dancing at Lughnasa is the winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play; the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play; and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Matthews, an Albright College associate professor of theatre and chair of the theatre department, directs a cast of eight students. Costume design is by junior Susie Benitez and lighting design is by senior Russell Blair. Scenic design is by New York-based designer Jason Bolen.  

Performances will be held at 8 p.m., on May 1 and 2, and at 2:30 p.m., on May 3 and 4.

Additional performance-related events include:

  • May 1: A talkback and reception will follow the performance.
  • May 2: Albright College’s short-form improv ensemble, Less Than or Equal To, will present a show in Roop Hall following the performance.
  • May 4: A special theatre luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. in the CFA mezzanine prior to the performance. The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.

For prices and tickets, call the box office at 610-921-7547 or visit www.albright.edu/centerforthearts.


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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