Synge of Aran: The Plays and Prose of John Milington Synge

Thursday, February 21, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, February 21 – March 28

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by June Sawyers

“Go to the Aran Islands,” W.B. Yeats told John Milington Synge. In 1898, Synge, one of the co-founders of Dublin’s Abbey Theater, took Yeats’ advice. His decision changed not only the playwright’s own life but the trajectory of Irish theatre. We will examine Synge’s plays and prose, with an emphasis on his work about Aran, the windswept islands off the west coast of Ireland.

June Sawyers writes and lectures on Celtic topics. She is also the author of a solo play, Life without Roses, based on the life and work of the seminal Chicago literary figure, Margaret Anderson.

Materials List
Required:
No materials required.

Recommended:
Synge, J.M. The Aran Islands. Penguin, 1992. ISBN: 0140184325
Synge, J.M. The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays. Oxford World’s Classics, 2009. ISBN: 0199538050

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six sessions, $170
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