PICT goes back to Dublin for Such Friends! and Synge

PICT’s next webinars delve into the history of the Abbey theatre and John Millington Synge

Join us for three exciting weeks of Irish history August 28-September 11! PICT welcomes Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly and Aoife Spillane-Hinks to explore these topics in two different webinar experiences.

SUCH FRIENDS! The Founding of the Abbey Theatre
August 28, 2020 | 2pm
Hosted by Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly and Alan Stanford

“And say my glory was I had such friends…” wrote William Butler Yeats of Lady Augusta Gregory and the other Irish poets and playwrights he worked with to establish what is now Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. What brought this group of “such friends” together at the end of the 19th century to create the first government-subsidized theatre in the Western world, which is still functioning today? We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly to explore the personal and professional relationships among these fascinating characters.
This webinar is generously supported by Penn and Kathey Hackney.

September 4, 2020 | The Playboy of the Western World
September 11, 2020 | Riders to the Sea
Hosted by Aoife Spillane-Hinks and Alan Stanford

“I am in Aranmor, sitting over a turf fire, listening to a murmur of Gaelic that is rising from a little public-house under my room.”  With this sentence a frail young Dubliner named John Millington Synge begins his groundbreaking book entitled The Aran Islands. The book is a breathless love poem, a series of vivid, rapturous pictures in words of the people and places who would lead to the six plays that would secure for him a place as one of Ireland’s premiere 20th Century dramatists. His life was brilliant but brief: by the age of 37, John Millington Synge was dead.
In this two-part series, Aoife Spillane-Hinks and Alan Stanford will explore how Synge he straddled two worlds, one rural and one urban, as he wrote his entertaining, complicated, and controversial plays.