[Blackstudies-l] A Skull In Connemara

Joshua Shabshis jas63 at geneseo.edu
Sun Apr 5 19:19:17 EDT 2015

On April 9, the Department of Theatre and Dance proudly continues its Irish
drama series with its second production by Geneseo's Irish-American
Performance Ensemble.  GENtraí (pronounced "GEN-tray") comes from the Irish
word geantraí, meaning 'joyful, lively music' and gentry, the term for
faeries in Irish folklore.  GENtraí's series includes staged readings of
contemporary Irish playwright Martin McDonogh's Leenane Trilogy.

This week's reading will be A SKULL IN CONNEMARA directed by junior Tyler
Thier.  This reading follows Liam Enright's, THE LONESOME WEST which played
on April 2, and it precedes THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE directed by senior
Connor McLoughlin on April 16.  All readings are FREE.

Tyler's reading is presented in partial fulfillment of his work Theatre
Black Box Theatre in Brodie Hall. There are 72 seats in the theatre, and
the theatre opens at 3:45 pm, so arrive a bit early for the best seats in
the house.
On the rural outskirts of Galway in Western Ireland, Mick Dowd, a
gravedigger, is tasked with exhuming the bones of his dead wife. Pestered
and antagonized by a stoic neighbor and a pair of bumbling brothers, our
protagonist is pushed to his limits by the small-town ennui that surrounds
him. A fatigued community wants this man to be a killer. Did he in fact
murder his wife? Will the rising pressure turn him into a murderer if he is
not one already? Who will get out unscathed and who will be maimed?

Join us for an afternoon of absurd comedy and rampant brutality in Martin
McDonagh's "A Skull in Connemara."  The performance will be followed by a
talkback with the director and the actors and stars Kevin Raleigh, Brodie
Guinan, Christina Carroll, and Jeremy Jackson.
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