Playboy of the Western World

February 18, 19, & 20, 2022 at the Cider Mill Stage

 

John Millington Synge's “Playboy of the Western World"

This spring, the Summer Savoyards reprised our spring comedy fundraiser. In 2020 our performance was cut short by the onset of corona virus. We presented our second weekend performance, just a little late...

Synge’s 1907 play centers on a restless young woman, Pegeen Mike (Julia Adams), who is set to marry a stable, sensible, religious local farmer—Shawn Keough (Ian Harrison Cook)—in her small town in the west of Ireland. Her life changes, however, when a young fugitive, Christy Mahon (Ryan Canavan) comes into town and upsets her plans. Christy’s tale of rising up and slaying his abusive father wins him praise and even adoration across the community, from Pegeen’s father, bar owner Michael Flaherty (Charles Berman) to the scheming Widow Quin (Jessica Pullis), who sees in Christy a second chance at happiness. All goes well until a stranger from afar (Adam Ruff) comes to tell a tale that tarnishes Christy’s reputation and tips the story into a hilarious cascade of events.