O’Casey and Synge with Ed Golden
Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. at Wellfleet Council on Aging
Class dates: Oct. 23, 30, Nov.6, 13, 20.
Not only premier Irish playwrights, Sean O’Casey and J.M. Synge rank unquestionably in the highest echelons of world drama. O’Casey the realist and Synge the romantic, seeming opposites, are nevertheless firmly linked by an underlying assumption that O’Casey expressed in a comment about life itself: “ Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” You will be captivated by the splendid prose poetry of the dialogue, the indelible characters, and the unforgettable stories they have to tell, laced with wrenching pathos and the most glorious comedy.
We will have time to read two full-length plays, both the most popular of their works: O’Casey’s “Juno and the Paycock,”and Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World.” In addition, please read two short pieces for the first class: O’Casey’s “Bedtime Story” and Synge’s “Riders to the Sea.” All these scripts are widely available, and I am requesting the Wellfleet Library to put copies on reserve for us.