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DANCING AT LUGHNASA - The Gallery Players Auditions

Posted: October 12, 2010

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DANCING AT LUGHNASA– Still Seeking Father Jack

The Gallery Players – Brooklyn, NYEquity Showcase, approval pending

Producer: Hannah Mason

Director: Heather Siobhan Curran

Writer: Brian Friel

1strehearsal: 11/4/10 (evenings and weekends). Run: 12/4 – 12/19 (Thur-Sun, 12 performances).

Appointment only auditions will be held on Sunday, October 17 in the daytime.

For appointment consideration, email picture and resume

No phone calls. Please indicate in the subject line of the email: “Father Jack Submission”

Please do not submit if you have significant conflicts with rehearsals or performances. We will not be able to consider you for a role

If you are selected for an appointment, you will be sent the sides for FATHER JACK. Irish accent is required.

Dancing at Lughnasa is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in l936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. It is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunt’s cottage when he was 7 years old. The play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as missionary in Africa. However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness and economic privations under which they will suffer as all hopes fade.

Father Jack:

Male, 50s. A missionary priest who worked for many years in a leper colony. Forgetful and troubled, he is suffering from malaria. He is respected within the town for his work but struggles with his return home. Misses his life in Africa.

Directions: Take the R to 9th St. or the F to 4th Ave. in Brooklyn. The R can be accessed at the Pacific/Atlantic station in Brooklyn which is served by the 2,3,4,5,N,B,D and Q trains from Manhattan.

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