Rochester College Presents ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

Rochester College’s theatre department will present Dancing at Lughnasa, written by Brian Friel and directed by Robert Arbaugh.

Photo credit: Rochester College Theatre Department

Photo credit: Rochester College Theatre Department

Dancing at Lughnasa is a beautiful memory play as seen through the eyes of a young boy, an illegitimate child of one of five unmarried sisters eking out a living in a small village in Ireland in l936. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio that they acquired at the time of the festival of Lughnasa. Widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece, this haunting play is his tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

Evening performances of Dancing at Lughnasa will be Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25-26, and Thursday-Saturday Oct. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. while matinee performances will be Sunday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.

All productions take place in the theatre on the campus of Rochester College at 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 in advance ($12 at the door). ​To purchase or reserve tickets, visit For group sales or more information, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail

Founded in 1959, Rochester College is an accredited, independent liberal arts college that pursues academic excellence in a Christian setting. With more than 1,000 students, both in traditional and adult learning programs, RC offers bachelor degree programs at four locations and a master’s degree in religious education. For more information about Rochester College, visit

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