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The Synge Festival

September 18 - October 27, 2019

In celebration of one of Ireland’s finest writers, Quintessence Theatre will present the complete works of J.M. Synge in performance and recitation.

J. m. Synge’s

The PLayboy of the Western World

A young man walks into a rural tavern and declares that he has murdered his abusive father in self-defense. He is beloved by the locals and heralded as a hero until the truth of his past is revealed. A riotous comedy, J.M. Synge’s timely tale looks at the power of personality over facts, challenges the wisdom of popular opinion, and asks us what separates criminality from heroism.

The Synge Triptych

Three of Synge’s celebrated short plays will be performed in one evening. An older husband pretends that he is dead in order to test his younger wife’s fidelity in a black comedy, “In the Shadow of the Glen.” In “The Tinker’s Wedding,” A gypsy woman tries to find respectability by convincing a local priest to marry her to her sweetheart, only to find that marriage can be an expensive and soul-compromising business. And in his finest tragedy, “Riders to the Sea,” Synge depicts a family’s hopeless and fatal struggle to make a living off the impersonal but relentlessly cruel sea.


Following each performance there will be special “Pint and a Poem” gathering in which Synge’s poetry will be recited and Irish stout will be served, and on festival weekends the company will present readings of Synge’s other plays: “The Well of Saints” and the unfinished “Deirdre of the Sorrows.”

Festival Weekend Schedules:

October 25-27, 2019

friday, October 25

7:30pm - The Playboy of the Western World

10pm - Pint and a Poem

Saturday, October 26

11am - The Well of Saints (Recitation)

2pm - The Playboy of the Western World

7:30pm - The Synge Triptych

10pm - Pint and a Poem

Sunday, October 27

3pm - The Synge Triptych (includes a post-show discussion)

7pm - Deirdre of the Sorrows (Recitation)

October 18-20, 2019

Friday, October 18

7:30pm - The Synge Triptych

10pm - Pint and a Poem

Saturday, October 19

11am - Deirdre of the Sorrows (Recitation)

2pm - The Synge Triptych

7:30pm - The Playboy of the Western World

10pm - Pint and a Poem

Sunday, October 20

3pm - The Playboy of the Western World (includes a post-show discussion)

7pm - The Well of Saints (Recitation)

Weekday student matinee performances are available for The Playboy of the Western World. Student group ticket requests for these performances can be made via email to Jahzeer@QTGrep.org.