5:45 – 7:45 pm
“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.
No materials required.
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.
Six sessions, $170