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Theatre/Dance ISU to present ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ Feb. 5-6; play selected as ’showcase production’ for festival

Posted January 25, 2010

Theatre/Dance ISU is reviving its production of "The Playboy of the Western World" and will present shows at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-6 at the Idaho State University Bilyeu Theatre in Frazier Hall.

The Irish comedy was chosen as a showcase production at this year's Rocky Mountain Theatre Association’s Festival in Helena, Mont.  Each year, the festival chooses among it entries for a performance to showcase for the participants at the festival.

Scene from "The Playboy of the Western World."In addition to the show's success, there were three individual acting nominations awarded to actors in this play. These nomination awards went to Natalie Keezer, for her portrayal of Widow Quinn; Mychal Lowman, as Christy Mahon; and Dusty Heyrend, as Old Mahon.  In preparation for the festival, the entire cast and crew have revived the production in the Bilyeu Theatre of Frazier Hall and are hard at work rehearsing. 

In order to "take the show on the road," Theatre/Dance ISU is in desperate need of travel funds for not only the cast and crew but also to transport the large scenery pieces and costumes to the festival. There will be an at the door "good will" donation charge to raise money to help cover the travel expenses of the show's tour.   

Scene from "The Playboy of the Western World."To those who may have forgotten or who didn’t catch a performance, "The Playboy of the Western World" is an intriguing Irish comedy dealing with self and social perception.  This story was written by the great Irish playwright John Millington Synge in 1907.  Synge captures the richly unique idioms and cadences of the Irish tongue, and draws some of the most complex and compelling characters in Irish literature. 

Director, Norm Schroder notes that, while the play would be rated G or PG were it a film, it is not recommended for small children, as its themes and characters are geared to older audiences. 

For more information, contact Erin Joy, Theatre/Dance ISU Box Office Manager, (208) 282-6452.