From Synge to Beckett to McDonagh, Ireland has a history of producing some of the most innovative theater of the past 100 years. How has this rich history led to the current exciting state of Irish theater? How is Princeton exploring these works?

Join us for a discussion and panels with the casts and creative teams of two current senior thesis projects exploring contemporary Irish plays. All events take place in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater on the University campus.

The symposium is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.



1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Discussion on Irish Theater 
Senior Erin Valentine leads a discussion on Irish theater history, the current state of contemporary Irish theater and how it differs from American drama. Why is Irish theater so well-regarded across the world? How does Irish theater’s history differ from that of the United States?

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Panel Discussion
The design team of student thesis show Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh and the team from a student thesis exploration of Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk — including Tony nominated lighting designer, Lecturer in Theater, and Dublin native Jane Cox. Both works have very insular, strange worlds that break down throughout the play. How did they employ design to both assemble and destroy the surroundings of these characters?

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | Panel Discussion
The directors and casts of the two student thesis projects discuss their experiences in the rehearsal room. Was it difficult diving into these Irish plays — Disco Pigs and Ballyturk — as Americans? In what ways are these shows uniquely Irish? How are they universal?

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. | Reception


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