Playboy of the Western World
John Millington's “Playboy of the Western World"
Performances March 6, 7 at 7 p.m. March 8 at 3 p.m.
March 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. March 15 at 3 p.m.
The Bundy Museum of History & Art Annex:
129 Main St.
Binghamton, NY 13905
DIRECTOR: Mary E. Donnelly
This spring, the Summer Savoyards will, for the third year in a row, be presenting a spring comedy fundraiser. Arsenic and Old Lace in 2018 and The Importance of Being Earnest in 2019 both sold out for every single performance.
We invite you to participate in this year's production.
The Playboy of the Western World is a 1907 comedy by John Millington Synge, the dominant playwright of the Irish Literary Revival.
It's the story of Pegeen Mike, an impassioned Irish girl--betrothed to a weak, religious man--who falls in love with a drifter that wanders into her father's pub. His wild tales of murder and adventure stir her soul. But this is Ireland, 1907. Romance doesn't flourish in a world of petty gossip, local color, and the famously dark and sharp Irish sense of humor.
We bring to this production a deep sense of historical and literary context, Savoyards' considerable technical and artistic skills, and a dedication to good fun and killer comedy.
A description of the available roles and sides are below: please email Mary Donnelly at with any questions.
Tickets are $15, seating is limited.
Snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and a signature cocktail, will be available for purchase. The Savoyards and the Bundy will share the net profits from ticket sales. Proceeds
from the concessions and a gift basket raffle will benefit the Savoyards’ July 24-26 production of G&S’s “Ruddigore.”
CHRISTOPHER MAHON: Eric Fernandez
OLD MAHON: Adam Ruff
MICHAEL JAMES FLAHERTY: Peyton Hawkes
MARGARET FLAHERTY: Amber Gance
SHAWN KEOUGH: Connor Nardocci
WIDOW QUIN: Jessica Pullis
PHILLY CULLEN: John Montgomery
JIMMY FARRELL: Bill Snyder
SARA TANSEY: Emma Wagaman
SUSAN BRADY: Erin Goodman
HONOR BLAKE: Annie McNulty
NELLY BYRNE: Roisin Haggerty
Gender- and race-blind casting are absolutely options for this show. These are just the original descriptions.
CHRISTOPHER MAHON. Late teens-early 30s, a slight young man. Needs to be able to play bold, wheedling, and romantic.
OLD MAHON, his father, a squatter. Late 40s-60s. Comic character role. Needs to able to play angry, comic, and charming/amorous
MICHAEL JAMES FLAHERTY (called MICHAEL JAMES), a publican. Late 40s-60s. Comic character role. Described as “fat and jovial.” Not an unconcerned parent, just confident in his daughter’s ability to take care of herself.
SHAWN KEOUGH, cousin to the Flahertys, a young farmer. 20’s-30s, described as “a fat and fair young man.” Needs to be able to play fearful, but morally upright.
PHILLY CULLEN. small farmer, 30s-60s. Comic character role. Described as “thin and mistrusting.”
JIMMY FARRELL. small farmers, 30s-60s. Comic character role. Described as “fat and amorous, about forty-five.”
MARGARET FLAHERTY (called PEGEEN MIKE), his daughter. Late teens, early 20s. described as “a wild-looking but fine girl, of about twenty.” Needs to be able to play cruel, comic, tragic, and romantic.
WIDOW QUIN, a woman of about thirty. 25-45, still attractive, but definitely older.
SARA TANSEY. Village girl, late teens-early 30s. Comic.
SUSAN BRADY. Village girl, late teens-early 30s. Comic.
HONOR BLAKE. Village girl, late teens-early 30s. Comic.
NELLY FLYNN, Village girl, late teens-early 30s. Comic