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Sean O’Casey’s tragicomic masterpiece, Juno and the Paycock, will be performed by the Moravian College Theatre Company on November 6-8, and 13-15 in the Arena Theatre on Moravian’s Main Street campus.
In this play, O’Casey intertwines two stories from life in his Dublin tenement, that of the Irish revolutionary movement and the riotous yet treacherous results of a fake inheritance.
The playwright uses the tragic power of drama, while retaining a sense of fun, during the Black and Tan troubles of 1922. The main characters include the sodden, swaggering braggart Captain Jack Boyle played by Peter Matthews, and his valiant Juno, an impoverished yet ever-hopeful wife, played by Pat Van Varick. She holds her family together despite the numerous handicaps of dealing with adversity in a Dublin slum.
The play premiered in Dublin in 1924. When it was given its fifth major New York production in 1937, the late highly respected critic, James Agate, writing in the New York Times, judged it "the greatest play written in English since the days of Queen Elizabeth."
The play is directed by Jack Ramsey. The stage manager is sophomore Kristie Mulieri. Costumes are by William F. Bauman, stage design by Andrew Greenhut, and sound and lighting design by David Pedimonte.
Tickets are available through the Moravian College Theatre Company for $12 general admission (including senior citizens, LVAIC faculty, and staff members), $8 student admission. Season tickets are $18 general admission and $10 student admission. The Arena Theatre is located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building at the intersection of Locust, Laurel and Monocacy streets. All performances are at 8:00 p.m, except Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, call (610) 861-1489.
Additional Cast (all Moravian College students)
Residents in the Tenement
Johnny Boyle, son Jason Drott
Mary Boyle, daughter Tracy Kozub
Joxer Daly Gregory Gritmon
Mrs. Maise Madigan Jennifer Meyer Roth
Needle Nugent, a tailor Jay Cudney
Mrs. Tancred Kate Sloan
Neighbor Katie Copf
Visitors to the Tenement
Jerry Devine Ben Faber
Charlie Bentham, a teacher Alan Pennington
A coal vendor Pete Konstantopoulos
A sewing machine woman Karen Steiner
The irregular mobilizer Elric Kline
An irregular Pete Konstantopoulos
An irregular Chris Poloni
Furniture-removal man #1 Jeff Ciocci
Furniture-removal man #2 Ben Palombi