TWC presents fall production The Playboy of the Western World

Posted on: October 30, 2013

This November the Tennessee Wesleyan College Theatre Program will present their fall production.

This November the Tennessee Wesleyan College Theatre Program will present their fall production, the riotous Irish comedy The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge. Running from Nov. 7 through 9 and Nov. 15 through 16, The Playboy of the Western World will be performed in TWC’s Townsend Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. each evening with an afternoon show on Nov.17 at 3 p.m. 

Tickets will be available at the door for cash only and are $8 for adults and $5 for students from all other schools. Admission will be free for TWC students, faculty, and staff with school identification. The Playboy of the Western World tells the story of Christy Mahon, a mysterious stranger who blows into Michael Flaherty’s rural pub with a story to tell. 

Christy has done something terrible and is on the run. As the news of his misdeed spreads throughout the town the locals find themselves caught up in Christy’s mystique and charm—none more so than Michael’s daughter Pegeen Mike (much to the irritation of her fiancé Shawn Keogh). Add into this mix the meddlesome neighbor Widow Quin, a handful of wild young girls, a pair of local farmers, and an even more unusual visitor, and the stage is set for hilarity to ensue.

Directed by Dr. C. Austin Hill, TWC assistant professor of theatre, the all-student cast includes Katie Smith, John Smith III, Merrick Gray, Alex Boris, Jake Wilson, Angel Lamb, Tyler Peaden, Nate Patterson, Edith Barajas, Stephanie Jacobs, Nicole Avans, and Julia Fioravanti. Assistant Director Aaron Martell, Stage Manager Melody Cox, Assistant Stage Manager Lyndsi Tallman, Scenic Assistant Katie Pyle, and Costume Designer Allison Hill complete the team.

“I am truly excited that this is my first production at Tennessee Wesleyan College,” said Dr. C. Austin Hill, the new head of TWC’s Theatre Program. 

“This is a play about small town life, about strange celebrity, and about the mischief that can be caused by the new guy in town. As a new guy in this small town, one intent on shaking things up a little, this has been a genuinely fun project.

“With a tremendous script and an excellent student cast and crew, I am looking forward to sharing this historical and relevant play with the community. I doubt our production will see the riots that accompanied the play’s premier in 1907 Dublin, but I am sure that everyone—young and old—will enjoy this production.”