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Presented By: University Musical Society (UMS)

DruidO’Casey: The Plough and the Stars

(Presented by UMS)

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The Plough and the Stars
Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars is a gripping portrayal of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland, a six-day conflict led by Irish Republicans who were attempting to establish an independent Ireland while the British were preoccupied by World War I. Set in a tenement house, the story follows the lives of ordinary citizens who are caught up in the tumultuous events of the rebellion. The tenement’s residents grapple with their own loyalties and beliefs as the rebellion unfolds, with their romanticized ideals clashing with the harsh realities of war.

Through vivid dialogue and dramatic events, O’Casey masterfully portrays their struggles, dreams, and disillusionment in the face of political upheaval, challenging romanticized notions of heroism while highlighting the often-unseen sacrifices made by ordinary individuals. Director Garry Hynes “deliver[s] a Plough that leaves room for all of the fun to be had…while shifting elegantly into an expressionistic mode. A significant achievement by Hynes and her superb ensemble.” (The Irish Examiner)

This performance is part of Seán O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, which includes The Plough and the Stars, The Shadow of a Gunman, and Juno and the Paycock. Get tickets to all three performances and save.
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The Plough and the Stars


  • Starting at $32 (+ fees) with $12-20 student tickets available

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