Dancing Lughnasa Information

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Directed by Sean Dooley
Gorecki Family Theater, College of Saint Benedict
April 5-8 and 12-14, 2018

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play told from the perspective of an adult Michael.  He recalls the summer of 1936 he spent with his mother and four aunts, the Mundy Sisters.  Their brother Jack has recently returned home after 25 years working as a missionary in a leper colony in Uganda.  And Michael's father returns bearing gifts for Michael and sweet words for Christina.  All this plays out as the harvest dance approaches and the sisters dance away their concerns to the sound of the families old radio.

Do I have to be able to dance? Do I need to be able to sing?

What exactly is a Lughnasa?


No, you don’t need to be a dancer. No, you don’t need to be a singer. And a Lughnasa is…well, that’s not important right now.



Monday, January 15

Tuesday, January 16

Callbacks Wednesday, January 17


There’s no need to prepare anything ahead of time, just sign up for an audition time in the sign-up book posted outside the Gorecki theatre in the BAC.


DANCING AT LUGHNASA is the story of the Mundy sisters, five women eking out a life in Ballybeg, Ireland in the fall of 1936. The women share the duties of raising Chris’s son Michael and taking care of their invalid Uncle Jack, a priest who has returned from Africa after working in a leper colony for twenty-five years.