DANCING IN LUGHNASA to Play 11 Minutes Theatre, 11/1-16

11 Minutes Theatre Company presents: Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel at the Arvada Festival Playhouse at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, Colo., November 1 - 16, 2013.

The show will run Fridays, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15; Saturdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16; Thursday, 11/14 at 7:30; Sundays, 11/3 and 11/10 at 2 pm. Tickets: $20.00 - Check or Cash at the door. To reserve tickets: janine@11minutestheatre.com or call 720-333-3499.

For more information, visit www.11minutestheatre.com.

Cast in alphabetical order:

Margaret Amateis Casart - Kate Mundy

Charles J. Ault - Father Jack

Sasha Fisher - Maggie Mundy

Dawn Bower - Chris Mundy

Margaret Amateis Casart - Kate Mundy

Kevin Leonard - Gerry Evans

SAra Martin - Rose Mundy

Janet Mylott - Agnes Mundy

Andrew Uhlenhopp - Michael Mundy

Memories are like puzzle pieces that help create our own personal pastiche as they are colorfully filled with people, experiences and our own subjectivity. Dancing at Lughnasa, a "memory play" by Irish playwright Brian Friel, is told intermittently through the narration of Michael as he remembers a special summer in 1936 in Donegal County, Ireland with his mother and 4 aunts. While he recounts the story we are taken back to that August and witness 5 brave sisters of Ballybeg as they confront their life, each other, loves, hardships and a society stitched together through traditions and customs that are being challenged or firmly upheld in an Ireland claiming its independence from Great Britain. Their lives have been further uprooted through the recent return of their brother, who has spent the last 25 years in Africa on a leper colony, and a visit by Michael's father. Michael's story could belong to anyone, but to fully understand its power and the strength of these women, come and witness the melody, poetry and dance like rhythm of this vibrant and moving production.

The primary mission of 11 Minutes Theatre Company is to connect communities, including all types of artists, patrons, and students on a local, national and international level. We collaborate with various artists in multiple fields in order to create vibrant and alive performances whose energy is tangible for audiences. Our aim is to present work that has never or rarely been done in the Denver area, highlighting internationally established playwrights and the new work of regional dramatists. Our second fundamental premise is our focus on the process, and our rehearsals employ different techniques gleaned from international directors in order to create poignant and pulsating performances. The ultimate goal is to create a malleable ensemble/company that can learn and grow as a group to further hone and embellish the process. Eventually, we will offer acting and improvisation classes as well as community round tables and rehearsal observation opportunities. We support the sustainability of the environment in creative and new ways, we want to converse and dialogue with our community, have a good time, and most importantly, PLAY!

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