March 27, 2017

The Department of Theatre at Susquehanna University will present Brian Friel’s Translations at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. April 23. All shows will be performed in Degenstein Center Theater in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

This hauntingly lyrical play is about language being the soul of a nation. Set in 1833, the British army is on a campaign to replace native Gaelic place names with English ones in an attempt to dominate the land by oppressing the local language. However, when a British soldier falls in love with an Irish peasant girl and her country, the romance fuels an angry backlash from both sides.

The Guardian calls it a “fusion of wistfulness, lyricism and linguistic ingenuity.” The late Irish playwright Friel frequently addressed themes of language and meaning, faith and authority, in many of his productions. He was marked as “the father of modern Irish drama” after the internationally acclaimed Philadelphia, Here I Come! Friel was awarded three Tony Awards in 1992 for his most successful play Dancing at Lughnasa.

Tickets for Translations are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Susquehanna students. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the university box office at 570-372-ARTS (2787). The Susquehanna University Box Office, located in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby, is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.