The Summer Savoyards to Perform Classic Irish Comedy The Playboy of the Western World at the Cider Mill Stage

The Summer Savoyards invite you to join us for our winter fundraising production of John Millington Synge’s classic comedy of tall tales and misadventure, The Playboy of the Western World, to be performed February 18-20, 2022, at the Cider Mill Stage.

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 plans change, however, when a young fugitive, Christy Mahon (Ryan Canavan) comes into town and upsets them. 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. The cast also features SUNY-Broome alumni Emma Wagaman and Samantha Sloma.

This production, directed by SUNY-Broome professor Mary E. Donnelly, was originally mounted at the Bundy Museum of History & Art in 2020. It returns with some recasting of roles and a change of venue to the newly renovated and refreshed Cider Mill Stage, which has been managed by BLAST (Bold Local Artists of the Southern Tier) since July 2021.

Shows will be Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 pm. All performances will be held at the Cider Mill Stage, 2 ½ Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott, New York. Tickets are $25. Reservations may be made through Thundertix or at the door.

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Submitted by: Mary Donnelly