Playboy of the Western World

Rauh Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse

April 11 – 19
8 p.m. & 2 p.m.


Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company is closing its 2013-2014 season with a production of John Millington Synge’s classic Irish comedy, The Playboy of the Western World.

What do you think it takes to be the life of the party and a branded a hero in a rural 19th-century Irish pub? Set in Michael James Flaherty’s public house in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland during the early 1900s, The Playboy of the Western World explores vivid storytelling, morality, bravado, romance and familial bonds. Written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, the three-act play first appeared on stage in 1907, igniting the “Playboy Riots,” started by Irish nationalists who felt that the play’s subject matter was offensive.

From within the confines of Flaherty’s country tavern, the play’s young lead character, Christy Mahon, enjoys his newfound celebrity amongst the townspeople, after claiming that he ran away from his family’s farm after killing his father. The locals seem more interested in vicariously enjoying Mahon’s tale and praising his actions than in condemning him for committing murder. Meanwhile, Mahon finds a love interest in bar-maid “Pegeen Mike,” the tavern owner’s daughter, and remains clueless about the fact that the truth about his past will soon be revealed to the public.

Directed by Kim Martin, director of production at Pittsburgh Playhouse, and an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University, the comedy stars Nik Duggan as Christy Mahon and Amanda Lee Hawkins as Margaret “Pegeen Mike” Flaherty. The production features scenic design by Gianni Downs, costumes by Joan Markert, lighting by Scott Nelson and sound by Steve Shapiro. Purchase tickets.


Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...