Written in 1907, The Playboy of the Western World caused riots when it opened in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Patriots considered it "a slander against the name of Ireland," and it was said that the police were called out on several occasions. At issue is a young boy, on the run, who enters a coastal Mayo town and is hailed a hero for, as he states, killing his father. While Synge would not state "whether it was a comedy, or tragedy, or extravaganza," or even if it had a purpose, he did say "I wrote the Playboy directly, as a piece of life, without thinking, without caring." Come discover why this lovely, lyric play, so full of authentic characters and unexpected plot twists, is now considered an Irish classic.


February 10 - February 26, 2012, UAA Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg
Curtain: Fridays/Saturdays, 8:00 pm and Sundays, 3:00 pm

Playboy of the Western World 

Performed: Spring 2012

Written By: John Millinton Synge

Directed By: Tom Skore